Egypt Marks Fifth Anniversary of anti-Mubarak Uprising

The run-up to the Monday anniversary has seen stepped-up security measures and a new wave of arrests in downtown Cairo.

Egyptian drinks a cup of tea as he looks towards Tahrir Square, which was the focal point of the Jan. 25, 2011 Egyptian uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.
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Egypt is marking the fifth anniversary of the popular uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

The run-up to the Monday anniversary has seen stepped-up security measures in place in the capital, Cairo, as well as a new wave of arrests and security checks in the city's downtown, an area popular with young, pro-democracy activists.

President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, in office since 2014, has since the 2013 overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi overseen a harsh crackdown that has jailed thousands of Islamists and scores of secular activists.

In speeches over the past two days, al-Sissi has vowed a firm response to any unrest. On Sunday, he paid tribute to the 2011 uprising, saying Egyptians were building a "civilian, modern and developed state that upholds the values of democracy and freedom."