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Friday 8th July saw the largest protests since the departure of Hosni Mubarak as tens of thousands took to the streets of Cairo, and thousands more came out to protest in other cities across Egypt, such as Alexandria and Suez. Material conditions have not improved for the workers and youth of Egypt, and Tahrir Square has once again become a visible epicentre of the revolution.

The authors of this article visited Egypt last month to see the state of the country after the fall of Mubarak and to get a first hand view of the revolution. What they saw was a society still fraught with contradictions that were barely concealed. All these contradictions have now burst to the surface once more.