Anti-Government Protests Roil Egypt
In early 2011, Egyptians took to the streets for 18 days of protests that toppled the regime of President Hosni Mubarak after three decades of rule.
- Hide captionEgyptians celebrate in Tahrir Square after hearing the news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak on Friday.John Moore/Getty Images
- Hide captionHundreds of thousands chanted, "The people have brought down the regime!"Hussein Malla/AP
- Hide captionMillions of Egyptians celebrated the country's first transition of power in 30 years.Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images
- Hide captionEgyptian soldiers celebrate with anti-government protesters. Vice President Omar Suleiman announced the military will take control over affairs of state.Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images
- Hide captionDemonstrators rejoice in Tahrir Square. "We are emancipating 85 million people who have been repressed for decades," said Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei.Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images
- Hide captionVice President Omar Suleiman delivers an address on Egyptian state television Friday, stating that President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down.Al-Masriya TV/AFP/Getty Images
- Hide captionProtesters wave flags outside the Presidential Palace on Friday. Cairo's streets exploded in celebration when Mubarak stepped down after three decades of autocratic rule.Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images
- Hide captionEgyptian anti-goverment demonstrators shout in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday, the 18th consecutive day of protests demanding the resignation of Mubarak.Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images
- Hide captionProtesters take a break for prayer amid the protests in Tahrir Square on Friday.Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP
- Hide captionIn an address to the nation Thursday, Mubarak announced his plan to stay until the September elections, with the backing of Egypt's military. Anti-government protests escalated.Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images
- Hide captionAn anti-Mubarak poster hangs over graffiti endorsing the president. Clashes between anti-government protesters and Mubarak supporters have thrown Cairo into violence.Amr Nabil/AP
- Hide captionIn the early hours Friday, anti-government demonstrators rest in front of posters of people killed during the latest political crisis.Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images
- Hide captionIn a gesture of disrespect Friday, anti-government protesters raise their shoes in front of the Egyptian national TV building, which is currently secured by the Egyptian army.Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images
- Hide captionA protester reads a newspaper while resting against an army tank in Tahrir Square on Friday.Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images
- Hide captionA soldier stands guard next to a tank as crowds protest in front of the state television building in downtown Cairo on Friday.Emilio Morenatti/AP
- Hide captionAn Egyptian army officer speaks to anti-government protesters outside the national television building after President Mubarak's Thursday address to the nation.John Moore/Getty Images
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned and handed control to the military on Friday after 30 years in office. The announcement by Vice President Omar Suleiman electrified hundreds of thousands of protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, who hugged one another and chanted, "The people have brought down the regime!"
February 11, 2012 Egypt has faced deteriorating security and a surge in crime since the popular uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak a year ago. The country's military rulers have yet to transfer power to civilian rule, and though many are proud of the revolution, some argue Egypt is not much better off than it was under Mubarak.
February 9, 2012 The protests that led to the Egyptian revolution last year were organized in part by Wael Ghonim, who used an anonymous Facebook page to coordinate the demonstrations. In his new book, Ghonim explains how social media helped transform his country.
December 21, 2011 For the past year, veteran war correspondent Anthony Shadid has been reporting on the Arab uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Tunisia. Last March, he was kidnapped and beaten by security forces in Libya. "It remains one of the scariest moments of my life," he says.
April 21, 2011 The young Egyptian became for many the face of the protests that toppled President Hosni Mubarak's regime. Others on Time's list include WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Tiger Mother author Amy Chua.
February 23, 2011 "Once a regime is no longer able to frighten people — to terrorize them into passive submission — then that regime is in big trouble," says the scholar whose work helped guide the protesters. He's impressed by what Egypt's protesters accomplished.
February 22, 2011 "A young man in his twenties wanted to express his gratitude about the victories the youth of 25th of January have achieved and chose to express it in the form of naming his firstborn girl Facebook Jamal Ibrahim," Al-Ahram reports.
February 18, 2011 But there's also concern among activists that the military isn't meeting with them as it maps out plans for reform. They're aiming to keep pressure on leaders to fulfill their promises.