Egyptians take to streets for revolution anniversary

Hundreds of Egyptians gather to celebrate five year anniversary of autocratic president Hosni Mubarak ousting during 'Arab Spring'

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January 25 marks the anniversary of the uprising that ended the Mubarak regime five years ago in Egypt.

Updated Jan 25, 2016

Hundreds of Egyptian demonstrators have gathered in different cities across Egypt for the five year anniversary of the unseating of autocratic President Hosni Mubarak.

Demonstrations are taking place in Nasr, Ismailia Beni Suef, Qalyubia and the city of Giza with protesters chanting and raising slogans against the current president Abdel Fattah el Sisi who toppled the first elected president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi.

The demonstrators are also raising “Rabia” symbols alongside the picture of toppled former President Morsi.

"The Interior Ministry has a plan to deal with all possible scenarios on Jan 25." Abdel Ghaffar said in a televised interview broadcast Saturday night.

The authorities are currently bracing for possible rallies and demonstrations called for by anti-regime activists to mark the passage of five years since the 18-day uprising that forced Mubarak to step down in early 2011.

In the run-up to the anniversary, the Interior Ministry has warned would-be demonstrators against approaching security facilities.

The Egyptian authorities, meanwhile, have tightened security and deployed additional forces across the country.

Abdel Ghaffar insisted that the uprising’s imminent anniversary "is not a cause for fear".

"However, a terrorist act could happen at any time; but this does not worry us, as we have plans to deal with all threats." he added.

Rampant police brutality was seen as the driving force behind mass protests that erupted in January and February of 2011 and which eventually led to Mubarak's departure after 30 years in power.

Egypt has been dogged by political turmoil and violence ever since, while the security forces continue to battle a simmering insurgency in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

TRTWorld, AA