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Egypt's Day of Wrath a Long Time Coming

Friday, Jan. 28, 2011

The recent events in Tunisia have reverberated across the Middle East and North Africa, but they have found particular resonance in Egypt, where anger and frustration with President Hosni Mubarak's government has escalated considerably over the past year. The violence, corruption and media censorship that accompanied last November's parliamentary elections severely damaged the government's credibility. Exacerbating this general frustration is the expectation that Mubarak's son, Gamal, will succeed him and simply continue the status quo.

In this week's demonstrations, which saw Jan. 25 renamed Youm al-Ghadab, or Day of Wrath, protestors have indeed directed some of their anger at the younger Mubarak, but the main target remains the president himself. Pictures and video footage show protestors shouting and spray-painting the slogan, Down with Hosni Mubarak, on walls and signs in central Cairo. Even a year ago, such open and public criticism of the president was a red line for Egyptian authorities. ...

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