5. The Egyptian Revolution, 2011
Part of the Arab Spring, the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 began on 25th of January, 2011 – a date that coincided with the Egyptian Police Holiday – to protest against police brutality under Hosni Mubarak’s regime.
Millions of protestors from a range of socio-economic backgrounds demanded that Mubarak be overthrown. When the public and security forces clashed, violence prevailed, taking lives of at least 846 people while injuring some 6,000.
High on the list of protestors were glaring concerns about lack of political freedom, civil liberty, freedom of speech, rampant corruption, soaring unemployment, inflation and low wages.
Due to fierce opposition, Mubarak had to step down as president and was succeeded by Mohamed Morsi, who too went down in a coup d’état following mass protests and outrage.