The Egyptian artist and contractor Mohamed Ali announced his retirement from political work and the closure of his Facebook page, due to the reason that the Egyptian people did not go out to demonstrate against the regime of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on the ninth anniversary of the January 25 revolution of 2011.
Mohamed Ali said - in a video clip posted on his Facebook page - that the absence of demonstrations in Egypt means one of two things, either the Egyptian people are satisfied with the system, or fear of repression, stressing that it has played its role in the last period, but it did not succeed.
Muhammad Ali had called on the Egyptian people to demonstrate on the ninth anniversary of the January 25 revolution, to force President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to leave.
On the other hand, the major squares in the Egyptian governorates, especially in Cairo, witnessed extensive security and mobilization, and fixed and mobile inspection ambushes that appeared remarkably in the streets leading to Tahrir Square, the kiss of the revolutionaries in January.
As usual every year, arrests intensified during the past days to cover various youth sectors, the most prominent of which were groups belonging to the Al Ahly fan club (Ultras Ahlawy) and Zamalek club (White Knights), and another belonging to the "April 6" movement, in addition to the re-arrest of a number of those previously arrested and arrested Others on random search campaigns.
The regime was keen, through its official platforms, to ignore mentioning the revolution and invoking it, to the point of declaring that public and private sector workers are granted official leave on this day as a police holiday, without mentioning the revolution recognized in the Egyptian constitution in an attempt to establish its transcendence.