“al-Sha’ab yurid”

“The people want the downfall of the regime” they shouted in the millions. And in less than three weeks of massive protests that filled the streets of Egyptian cities and towns, three decades of president Hosni Mubarak’s was brought to an end.

It all began on January 25, just days after Tunisia’s revolt that toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, when thousands broke Egypt’s barrier of fear and chanted against Mubarak in the streets until they eventually reached central Cairo’s Tahrir (Liberation) Square. Tahrir would become the epicenter of the movement and it’s there where the masses celebrated when Mubarak finally stepped down on February 11, 2011.

These images show the uprising in Cairo from when I arrived on January 28 and went straight to Imbaba, a working class area of Cairo.