Esraa Abdel-Fattah co-founder of Egypt's April 6 Youth Movement, talks during an interview with Reuters in Cairo, Egypt, January 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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In 2011, activist Esraa Abdel-Fattah helped ignite revolution on the streets of Egypt and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.Abdel-Fattah and a small circle of fellow activists were once seen by many in Egypt as the best hope for an end to corruption and repression and the dawning of an era of free speech and respect for citizens by the state.Abdel-Fattah helped organize the demonstrations that began on Jan. 25 and ended Mubarak's 30-year rule 18 days later, only to see Egypt return to what human rights groups call an authoritarian state after years of upheaval.A year later the Islamist movement was overthrown by then-military chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, following mass protests against its turbulent rule.Abdel-Fattah said it does not pay to be as daring in Egypt under Sisi, who went on to become elected president, the latest man from the military to rule.The powerful state media brands Abdel-Fattah and others who were instrumental in the 2011 demonstrations "Enemies of Egypt".
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