Tight security failed to contain protests in Egypt marking the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Mana Rabiee reports.
Clashes in Egypt on the anniversary of its pro-democracy movement. At least 15 people are reportedly killed after tight security in Cairo and other cities fails to contain protests marking the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Last year's anniversarly left dozens of protesters dead. This time, security forces weren't taking any chances. They fanned out across the capitol and elsewhere. Riot police backed by soldiers in armored cars sealed off strategic roads, including those leading to Tahrir Square, the symbolic epicenter of the uprising. Security forces have been stamping out dissent in Egypt since July 2013. That's when then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted elected President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, after mass protests against Mursi's rule. Sources say over 80 members of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood were arrested Sunday and a curfew already in place on the restive north Sinai Penninsula was extended for three months. The anniversary is a test of the resolve among Islamists and liberal activitsts. They're facing one of Egypt's toughest crackdowns by the US-backed government. But after four years of political and economic turmoil, many OTHER Egyptians overlook allegations of widespread human rights abuses. They praise their now-President Sisi for restoring SOME measure of stability.