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    Posted January 25, 2013 by
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    Protests in Egypt: Your experiences

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    The Second Anniversary of Egypt's 25 January Revolution

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Emad captured these images amidst the clashes marekd by the 2nd anniversary of the revolution. 'Egypt is now witnessing a new phase of building,' and the fight for democracy is not over. Some see no change and will not let up. Emad explains, 'the same young people that sparked the revolution will not accept the continuous injustices affecting them most. '
    - Stephanie, CNN iReport producer

    In Egypt now, it takes a revolution to start a family, to seek truths, to request justice, and more to grow up. Although Egypt’s revolution was heavily catalyzed by youth, little has changed for them.

    Today marked the second anniversary of Egypt's 25 January Revolution amid an unprecedentedly charged and polarized political atmosphere. Today also marked a real challenge of Egypt’s future, injustice and the untapped potentials of its young generation or their anger.

    Several marches were set out for Tahrir Square from different areas of Cairo or to the Presidential Palace. Additional rallies marched in several governorates in Alexandria, Ismalia, Suez, the Red Sea, Kafr Al-Sheikh, Assuit, Port Said, and Sharqiya. There were thousands of protesters in the square today, but the violence was restricted to small corners of it, where young people, teenagers, and children were throwing stones at the police forces standing behind the walls. Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters who had tried to cross the streets leading to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, a life long symbol of oppression and current suspect of many crimes happened during and after the revolution.

    Torn by last year’s tragedy, Egypt’s Ahly Football Club hardcore fans – Ultras Ahlawy held several marches throughout the week reminding people of the Port Said massacre victims. More than 70 young fans were killed last February following a match and the Ultras belames the police forces and the military council. Last Wednesday, Ultras Ahlawy- blocked the Cairo metro, stopped the traffic on 6th of October Bridge, and sieged the stock exchange building to demand a swift verdict in the Port Said trial. The incident shocked Cairo and announced a stronger player in Egypt’s politics.

    Meanwhile, adolescents and youth in Egypt remain in the dark. School curricula lack basic information and civil society efforts are restricted by the government and don’t reach the necessary numbers of youth. Young people obtain their education in an inefficient system based on rote learning in overcrowded classrooms with little space for expression, creativity, and self-fulfillment. So it was not surprising to see them today easily crash into a nearby-unattended school in Shikh Rihan Street to get some of its furniture to set it on fire. Actually, the fire was set because of the believe that fire calms down the effects of the continuous tear gas fired by the police forces. I met Aly in Tahrir Square, a 14th years old who were celebrating his birthday today by coming to Tahrir Square to participate. Aly told me that it is not allowed to talk about politics in school and teachers avoid any reference to what is happening in that sphere.

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