And today marks the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, which ousted longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak. On January 25, 2011, thousands of Egyptians poured into Tahrir Square as the Arab Spring uprisings spread across the region. Today’s anniversary came amid a massive security crackdown in Cairo and deteriorating human rights and press freedom in Egypt, now ruled by former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Human rights activist Dolly Bassiouny spoke out about the current repression.
Dolly Bassiouny: “We’ve experienced a setback that I never would have imagined we would reach. I know that the revolution was going to be battled and that many political currents would try to ride its wave; however, I never imagined that we would reach the stage where we are now. If we had 1 percent of freedom or 1 percent of economic power before the revolution, we no longer have this. This is because of the current regime, not because of the revolution.”