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Arab Spring exiles look back 10 years after Egypt uprising

Egypt Arab Spring Exiles
Posted at 8:43 AM, Jan 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-24 08:43:32-05

LONDON (AP) — Ten years after protests rocked Egypt, many of the participants live in exile.

They have fled to Europe and beyond out of fear for their personal safety under President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, who continues a crackdown on the political opposition.

The Jan. 25, 2011, uprising in Tahrir Square led to the quick ouster of autocratic President Hosni Mubarak.

However, the events did not turn out the way the protesters had envisioned, leading to an even harsher successor in el-Sissi, who has jailed journalists, human rights activists, and others.

Thousands of academics, artists, writers, and other intellectuals have fled their homeland, some never to return.