The holiday commemorates and is a remembrance for 50 police officers killed and more wounded when they refused British demands to hand over weapons and evacuate the Ismaïlia Police Station on 25 January 1952. The British Army surrounded the police station, then brought tanks in and took over the police station. The event was photographed by a local and photos published, inciting anger and riots throughout Egypt.
January 25 was declared as an official holiday in 2009 by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to recognize the efforts of Egyptian police to maintain security and stability in Egypt and recognized their sacrifices.
A number of Egyptian opposition groups chose this day to start mass protests in 2011, which turned into a massive popular revolution swept across the country on January 28. This revolution is known as the Revolution of 25 January. And out President Hosni Mubarak stepped down from office, and took over the Supreme Council of the armed forces to lead the country.
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