At least 12 killed on anniversary of Egypt uprising
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 01:37
Jan. 25 - The third anniversary of the Egypt uprising is marked by the death of at least 12 protesters, while others cry 'yes to Sisi'. Gavino Garay reports.
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The third anniversary of the fall of Egypt's autocrat President Hosni Mubarak is marked with bloodshed.
At least twelve protesters were killed throughout the country.
Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir to pledge their support for General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi -- an event that was managed by the state.
Those protesting al-Sisi were were quickly dispersed with teargas.
But in Tahrir Square, praise all around for the army general.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DEMONSTRATOR, SHADIA MOHAMED AHMED, SAYING:
"This is the Egyptian people, look at them, they aren't bullies, they don't pick on the weak. The people who are committing these criminal acts are weak people, they're not respectful, and at the same time they have to be executed in public squares."
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DEMONSTRATOR, GASSER ABDEL NABI, TALKING ABOUT GENERAL ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI, SAYING:
"He gives us everything, I was kidnapped, robbed, but I got my stuff back, and all the young people are all employed now, and we will all say yes to Sisi."
A band played, vendors sold t-shirts, and women even kissed posters of al-Sisi -- quite the contrast to what Cairo looked like like during the 2011 revolt for freedom and social justice.
Celebrations went well into the night. Al Sisi is expected to soon announce he is running for presidency and is predicted to win by a landslide.
But Egypt hasn't seemed all so unified in recent months -- The ouster of the former Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013 plunged the country into chaos. He was the nation's first ever democratically elected leader.
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