In 2011 Egypt, like many Arab countries, took part of what the media has called the Arab Spring. Arab Spring “is a term for the revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests (both non-violent and violent), riots, and civil wars in the Arab world that began on 18 December 2010.” (Arab Spring) On December 17th, 2010 in Tunisia, Mohammad Bouazizi, in protest of governmental corruption and the bleak economic opportunities, emulsified himself. He had been beaten and ignored after a confrontation with government officials, leaving him feeling like he had no other option, but to take such extreme measures. However, Bouazizi’s protest would not be in vain, leading to mass protests in Tunisia, with many other Arab countries facing similar political and economic situations to follow. Egypt was one of those countries that took note after Bouazizi’s protests in Tunisia “on Tuesday, January 25, when -- inspired by the successful revolution in Tunisia --thousands of people began taking to the streets to protest poverty, rampant unemployment, government corruption and autocratic governance of President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled the country for thirty years. These were the first protests on such a large scale to be seen in Egypt since the 1970s.” (Parks)
Hosni Mubarak, had ascended to power in 1981 after the assassination of President Anwar El Sadat. By the time the Arab Spring began, Mubarak had been in power for thirty years. The Egyptian people were full of unrest due to many of Mubarak’s governmental policies as well as the bleak economic outlook that many Egyptians faced. According to an NPR report by Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, “A growing number of them are fed up living in what they see as a police state under his iron-fisted rule and ...
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