A picture taken on January 14, 2016 shows a general view of the Boursa Street in the Egyptial capital Cairo, a spot where political activists used to gather. / AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
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Egypt's president, speaking ahead of next week's anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, vowed Saturday to unleash a firm response to any unrest and to press ahead with the fight against Islamic militants.Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi spoke at a ceremony marking Police Day, which falls on Jan. 25, the day the uprising began five years ago.El-Sisi, who as military chief overthrew in 2013 Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, has presided over a sweeping crackdown on dissent, jailing thousands of Islamists and scores of secular, pro-democracy activists who fueled the 2011 uprising.El-Sisi made no mention of the January 2011 uprising in his 30-minute address, He has in the past paid tribute to the uprising, just as he has done to the so-called "June 30 revolution," the day in 2013 when millions of Egyptians demonstrated on the streets against the rule of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood.
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