CAIRO – 30 June 2019: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said that the June 30 revolution in 2013 was"one of the greatest days of our modern history," praising Egyptians for rising to preserve their authentic Egyptian identity.
Egypt Today is displaying parts of the president's speech.
On the anniversary of June 30 revolution,Sisi said that itrepresentedthe sense of "belonging of millions of Egyptians to their country thathas embraced them, their fathers and grandparents over the years."
"Egyptians' loyalty to Egypt and their rejection of any attempt to erase their national identity are facts that do not change by time," Sisi said.
Sisi said that the Egyptian people's belonginghas been above "any narrow interests of groups or foreign parties, who believed that their black terror would defeat the will of a nation that made history, and inspired the humanity of the meaning of sacrifice for the homeland."
"The masses of the Egyptian people in the 30th of June Revolution marked a path for us to walk through, represented in the priority of protecting and preserving the country, then developing and improving it in order for Egypt to become a developed nation that provides its children with decent living opportunities and a life that fitsfor the 21st century."
Over the last years, we managed, thanks to God, thanks to the insistence and the will of the people, the efficiency and heroism of the armed forces and the police, and the solidarity of all state institutions, to protect ourdear homeland from slipping into chaos, fragmentation and conflicts.
We managed to damage the infrastructure of terrorist organizations, which attempted to exhaust and weaken the state. We launched the comprehensive operation in Sinai, in which the blood of our righteous martyrs have been shed on this good land, to eradicate evil and darkness powers. Our men of the armed forces and the brave police managed to protect the homeland and preserve its dignity, so that Egypt has become pointed out as a center for stability, security and peace, in the middle of a regional surrounding that suffers severe disturbance, with its dangers clear to everyone.
At the same time, we have laid solid foundations for a modern and progressed economy; we faced the stagnant conditions that lasted long, and we took the hard decisions, despite their cruelty. The heroic Egyptian people have introduced the greatest sense of perseverance and the deep understanding for the requirements and burdens of reform, so they have endured it with courage, steadfastness and pride, in a way that suits a great people who totally understands that the demands cannot be obtained by only hope, but by work, sacrifice and patience.
June 30, 2013
This day marks one of Egypt's top revolutions, which took place only a year after theMuslim Brotherhood-affiliated former president Mohamed Morsi managed to win in the presidential elections in 2012.
Millions of people on June 30, including former Morsi supporters took to the streets calling on him to “leave” his post. Only few days later, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, then defense minister, announced ousting Morsi, meeting the revolution’s top demand. Morsi, 67, died in June this year, from heart attack, according to preliminary medical assessment.