Exactly one year ago on January 25, 2011, thousands headed to Cairo's Tahrir Square. Inspired by recent events in Tunisia, demonstrators protested against poverty, corruption and authoritarian rule of the regime of president Hosni Mubarak. As demonstrations spread throughout the country, Egyptians from all walks of life camped out in the capital and defied a brutal crackdown. Egypt's revolution eventually forced the resignation of the country's longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. On February 11, 2011, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that the president would step down.
Take a look back at the start of Egypt's historic revolution with photos from Tahrir Square on January 25, 2011, then see photos from today's demonstrations a year later.
THEN: January 25, 2011
NOW: January 25, 2012