Egypt's day of protests: on the streets and online

Published April 25th, 2016 - 06:13 GMT
As anti-government protests were repressed by authorities, Twitter rallied behind the demonstrators. But pro-Sisi voices could be heard too (AFP / File)
As anti-government protests were repressed by authorities, Twitter rallied behind the demonstrators. But pro-Sisi voices could be heard too (AFP / File)

Today was a critical point in Sisi’s Egypt.

Anti-government protests were broken up with tear gas and demonstrators chased through the streets, while pro-Sisi demonstrations – reported by some outlets to have been staged – went ahead unhindered.

President Sisi responded to mass calls for protest with a warning – against what he said were attempts to destabilise the state. For the last month, unhappiness with his regime has been increasing in Egypt, with protests against the transfer of two islands to Saudi Arabia escalating to target the whole government and especially its increasingly repressive behaviour.

On Twitter, Egyptians rallied behind the protests, criticising the regime and supporting those demonstrating against it.

Hopefully this will be the end of Sisi’s tenure. All you free men and women should protest. Protest to stop the killing.

Some made calls for further revolution, just as in the Arab Spring of 2011.

 


We are coming back to the square again.

Sisi is planning to disconnect the internet and phone calls, also stop the Metro service. You stupid Mubarak did the same and he was released from service.

Solidarity protests took place elsewhere around the world too.

 

A  demonstration against the Egyptian Embassy in New York against al Sisi.

Other tweets, however, expressed support for Sisi.

Egypt is trying to stand up on its legs, we will not allow them to make it fail again.

I am confident that Al Sisi is just like any Egyptian soldier and will not sell an inch of the Egyptian land.

Reports indicate that around 100 lawyers and activists were rounded up in the weekend preceding the protests, as the government attempted to quash the dissent that has been rising in recent weeks.


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