February 11, 2011

jubilation in egypt


february 2011. protestors in cairo.

celebrating, after this...

february 12, 2011.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was propelled to the leadership of the Arab world's most populous country by violence. He has now been forced out by mostly peaceful mass protests against his rule.

He resigned on Friday February 12, 2011 after 18 days of an unprecedented wave of popular protests and handed power over to the military.

Mubarak became president in October 1981 following Anwar Saday's assasination. During his reign, he became increasingly hated for the corruption in his government, his authoritarianism and the brutality of the security forces. Mubarak survived at least six assassination attempts.

egypt. february 12, 2011

february 14, 2011. Tunisian leader Ben Ali flees to Saudi Arabia
after a month of nationwide anti-government protests.  He had been in power for 23 years.
His toppling has inspired similar protests in countries in the
Middle East and northern Africa including Jordan, Algeria, Syria and Egypt.

photos: AP, Reuters, Al Jazeera screengrab, Getty. via google news

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