About 300 people gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Monday, not to celebrate the instigators of the revolt that five years ago overthrew Egypt's longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak but to praise the police who tried to stop them.
"We are here to celebrate with our brothers, fathers, and colleagues in the Egyptian police... who sacrificed their lives and blood for us," said one of the demonstrators, 52-year-old home appliance repairman Refaat Sabry.
He wore a pin on his jacket depicting Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt's latest general-turned-president, whose crackdown on both the youth activists who led the 2011 revolution and the Islamists it later brought to power has dashed their hopes for a new era of political freedom.
"Continue Mr President," read a placard held by one man, flipping the demand for "the fall of the regime" -- the rallying cry of the Arab Spring uprisings that shook entrenched leaders from Tunisia to Yemen in a single fateful year.
Five years on, some of the countries touched by the revolts have slipped into war or chaos and others have seen the return of rulers less willing than ever to tolerate criticism.