2nd anniversary of revolution, Egypt / 2013
"There is no bread, freedom or social justice" On the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, Tahrir square, the symbolic heart of protestors that toppled Mubalak, filled with thousands of Egyptians again. They chanted slogans against presidency and Muslim Brotherhood, with scenes very similar to what we saw during the revolution in 2011. Two years ago, Egyptians poured into the streets to celebrate after the announcement of Mubalak's resignation. they believed that a democratic change was possible. But two years later, many are angry that main goals of their revolution, freedom and social justice, have not been achieved, and their country's politics has been polarized by Morsi's mainly Islamist supporters and the opposition. Liberal and secular protesters continued to say "Our revolution is not over yet" or "The Muslim Brotherhood stole our revolution." and to fight in the streets. It has been two years since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the country's longtime dictator. Although Egypt is far from the ideal that the most of Egyptians had imagined during the days of the revolution. The new government, led by President Mohamed Morsi and his Islamist allies, couldn't find any solution to this crisis yet. But, rather, it seems that they have been leading them into chaos. And political disaster have also involved the country in new sectarian conflicts. Unemployment rose from 9.8 percent in 2010 to 13 percent today. Inflation is officially 8.7 percent, but the real rate is probably close to 9.5 percent, maybe even higher for food and basic commodities. In addition, President Mohamed Morsi's government is confronting with a severe economic crisis, worsened by this long-term political instability. In order to quell its financial problems, Egypt is seeking a $4.8 billion aid from IMF, but the government may need to engage in economic reforms, including subsides cuts and tax increases, that would lead to price hikes on staples like food and fuel.