Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Egypt Revolution Reboot

Over the weekend, Cairo's Tahrir Square once again was the home of massive protests against the country's leadership. This time, both secular and Islamist groups gathered in the tens of thousands for a "Friday of One Demand." Together, they called on Egypt's new military rulers to honor their promise to leave power after the fall of former dictator Hosni Mubarak in February. 

Riot police and military units descended on the square, breaking up encampments, making arrests, brutally beating some, and firing tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd. (Egyptian doctors are claiming that live ammunition has been found in several bodies.) 

According to the Ministry of Health, the toll as of this morning includes least 1,500 injured and a minimum of 23 dead. The renewed clashes come just one week before parliamentary elections scheduled for a week from today, a vote that now may be jeopardized. 

Gathered here are photos from Tahrir Square this weekend, as Egyptians once again took to the streets to be heard and paid dearly in their clashes with security forces.

Wonder if Malaysian Government will pull off our student this time around...

A wounded protester is rushed to a field hospital near Tahrir Square during clashes with Egyptian riot police in Cairo, on November 20, 2011. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

A masked protester throws a gas canister towards Egyptian riot police, not seen, near the interior ministry during clashes in downtown Cairo, Egypt, on November 20, 2011. Firing tear gas and rubber bullets, Egyptian riot police on Sunday clashed for a second day with thousands of rock-throwing protesters demanding that the ruling military quickly announce a date to hand over power to an elected government. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill) 
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