On the third anniversary of the 2011 revolt against former President Mubarak, seven people have been killed during marches, including four people in Cairo, as security forces try to keep demonstrators out of Tahir Square. Thousands of Egyptians also rallied in support of the army-led authorities, underlining the country’s deep political divisions.
As security forces used teargas and fired bullets into the air, pro-government demonstrators said a security state, led by a military strongman such as General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, was the only solution to the political and economic chaos that has wreaked havoc across the country since the 2011 uprising. Atef Hayal, who traveled hundreds of miles to attend the rally, claimed “We pray for stability. We’ve never seen such a bad situation in Egypt, not even during the 1973 War. Sisi is the only guy who can protect Egypt.”
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