Egypt’s Protesters Return to Tahrir Square

Growing Unrest Over Lack of Change After 'Revolution'

The early February ouster of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak was a watershed moment in the Arab Spring, but those who saw the moment as the end of the Egyptian Revolution, rather than the beginning, are growing disappointed.

The lack of trials for regime leaders, the lack of free elections, indeed the lack of meaningful reform of any sort is wearing thin in Cairo, and the millions who marched for change are starting, slowly, to return to Tahrir Square.

“We changed, they didn’t,” noted one doctor who took part in the anti-Mubarak protests and has returned again, adding that this time nobody is going home and are staying firm until they see actual, concrete moves.

The reaction of the Egyptian junta remains to be seen but they have formally banned public protests since the ouster of Mubarak and, despite promises of elections coming in September don’t seem keen to make massive changes before then. If anything happens afterward remains to be seen, but with the month of Ramadan coming soon the rallies may take on a whole new character, and added attention, in the hot summer sun.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.