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Egypt's revolution redux

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22.09.2019

For years, articles and analyses, including those I have written for Al Jazeera, have predicted that another Egyptian uprising was a matter of when, not if. We may possibly be getting an answer to the "when" question.

On Friday, Egyptians in several governorates organised anti-government protests demanding the resignation of current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Chants in major squares and streets across the nation mirrored the now-famous chants of the Arab Spring protests which led to the removal of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

Friday's protests prominently featured what became one of the central slogans of the 2011 uprising: "The people want the fall of the regime." Protests continued in the city of Suez on Saturday, with smaller demonstrations reported in Cairo and Mahalla.

The weekend demonstrations came at the behest of Mohamed Ali, a disgruntled former military contractor living in self-exile in Spain. Earlier this month, he started releasing self-recorded videos critical of the regime, in which he provided intricate details of alleged corruption, including lavish spending by President el-Sisi and his family.

Ali worked with the military for more than a decade. Given his insider status, many Egyptians believe his allegations are credible.

The recordings have been viewed millions of times, and several prominent hashtags have taken over the Egyptian Twittersphere. A week ago, Ali called on Egyptians to hit the streets in protest.

On Friday, hundreds of people in several cities, including Cairo, responded to his call and walked out to demonstrate against the regime, to the surprise of many observers.

Ali has subsequently released more recordings, asking Egyptian defence minister........

© Al Jazeera