Anti-government demonstrations have been continuing in Egypt despite efforts by the government to close them down. Cairo, Egypt. 27/01/2011
The 2011 Egyptian protests or the Day of Anger, also known as the Youth Revolution, are a continuing series of street demonstrations, protests and civil disobedience acts taking place throughout Egypt from January 2011 onwards, with organisers counting on the Tunisian uprising to inspire the crowds to mobilize. The demonstrations and riots were reported to have started over police brutality, state of emergency laws, unemployment, desire to raise the minimum wage, lack of housing, food inflation, corruption, lack of freedom of speech and poor living conditions.
The protests' main goal is to oust President Hosni Mubarak's regime, which has been in power for almost 30 years. While localised protests were already commonplace in previous years, major protests and riots erupted all over the country starting on 25 January, known as the "Day of Anger", the date set by Egyptian opposition groups and others for a major demonstration.
The 2011 protests have been called "unprecedented" for Egypt, and "the largest display of popular dissatisfaction in recent memory" in the country, with Cairo being described as "a war zone" by a local correspondent for The Guardian newspaper. For the first time, Egyptians from all walks of life with different socio-economic backgrounds have joined the protests