After 21 days of protests, the 32-year regime of Egypt's ageing president Hosni Mubarak finally came to an end on the evening of 11 February 2011. The roots of the revolution lay with a small group of educated internet bloggers using Facebook groups and Twitter to publicise their grievances across Egyptian society in the face of severe censorship of the press and the airwaves. They baulked at their government's inability to provide jobs, keep food prices down, increase the standard of living, increase wages and stop police brutality. Emboldened by the events in Tunisia, protests finally spilt onto the streets of Cairo and other major cities. This initial uprising would ultimately deliver the resignation of Hosni Mubarak on the 11th of February. But would plunge Egypt into years of violence as the country struggled to come to terms with the end of four decades of autocracy.
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