A spring far away

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February 2, 2011: Pro-government demonstrators, below, and anti-government demonstrators, above, clash in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Photo: AP

Toppled President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons, Alaa Mubarak (right) and Gamal Mubarak, behind bars during their trial at the Police Academy in Cairo on September 14, 2013. Photo: AFP

Ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in the defendant’s cage during a court hearing on charges of inciting the murder of his opponents, in Cairo. A file photograph. Morsi was president only in name. Photo: AP

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi at the House of Representatives on June 2, after he was sworn in as President for a second term. He got re-elected in April with 97.08 per cent of the votes. In 2014, he was elected with 96.9 per cent of the votes. Photo: REUTERS

President Anwar Sadat. He was assassinated in 1981 because he signed a peace deal with Israel. Photo: The Hindu Archives

President Gamal Abdel Nasser (right) with visiting Indonesian President Sukarno at Cairo airport. Nasser, who used the military to consolidate his power, was succeeded by Anwar Sadat from the military. Photo: INTERNATIONAL NEWS PHOTOS

Events that followed Hosni Mubarak’s ouster prove that Egypt was pregnant with a revolution that was abortable. Now the military’s hold over the country is real.
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