by Gabriele Micalizzi
In January 2011 the people of Egypt broke through a barrier of fear they had known for a generation and rose in revolt against their president. Anger had long been brewing in Egypt strikes, unemployment and sectarian tension were on the rise.
Small networks of activists had been agitating against Hosni Mubarak s autocratic rule for years.
But it was only when another Arab country, Tunisia, rose up against its tyrant that the Egyptian activists attracted mass support.
People took to the streets across Egypt demanding political freedoms, an end to state corruption and a better quality of life for the impoverished population.
See also Springtime