About a dozen Egyptian-Calgarians held a rally Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the Tahrir Square uprising to overthrow then-President Hosni Mubarak.

The group gathered outside city hall, holding signs with messages like "Solidarity" and "Freedom."

Mostafa Elhoushi participated in the Cairo protests that began Jan. 25, 2011.

Mostafa Elhoushi

Mostafa Elhoushi says the country is worse off today than before the revolution. (CBC)

He says he was beaten in the streets and spent three days in jail.         

"Later on they decided to release us and we went back to the streets and to the square and we made a statement for another 14 days until Hosni Mubarak resigned," Elhoushi said.

Elhoushi says Egypt is now in worse hands under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi than it was under Mubarak.

He's calling on the Canadian government to stand up for Egyptians by refusing to normalize relationships with the current Egyptian regime.