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There are 19 images in this galleryWed, 2011-12-28 11:40
Photos by Shadi Rahidi of clashes in Tahrir Square during December 2011. Demonstrators were protesting the military regime's appointment of Kamal Ganzouri as prime minister, among other grievances.
Ganzouri, who had served under former president Hosni Mubarak, had said there would be no violence used to break up the sit-in. But protestors had been alleging that military police were kidnapping and beating them. The latest rounds of fighting sparked Dec. 16 began when the boy in this video, who was part of the sit-in, said he was beaten and electrocuted by security officials. When clearing out the sit-in and those remaining inside Tahrir, tents were ripped apart and burned by soldiers. People were brutally attacked, and fought back, as these photos show.
There are 19 images in this galleryFri, 2011-11-25 11:54
Here's a second gallery of photos taken by Shadi Rahimi, our Cairo correspondent.
There are 20 images in this galleryThu, 2011-11-24 09:19
Photos by Shadi Rahimi of demonstrations against the military in Tahrir Square, Cairo.
t has been 10 months since the ouster of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, but those in Tahrir Square this week are experiencing an eerie repeat of the January uprisings. Bloody and sometimes deadly clashes with riot police, clouds of tear gas, thousands of injuries, and speeches from a ruler who appears at least days behind the pulse of the street. As Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt's interim military ruler, gave a highly anticipated address touching on the political turmoil, riot police continued to rapid fire tear gas canisters at protestors. In response to demands that the military council (Security Council of Armed Forces) cease running the country, Tantawi suggested the matter be decided in a public referendum - which drew widespread criticism from politicians and activists. Soon after news of Tantawi's speech spread through Tahrir, people chanted, "Leave, leave."
One of protesters’ main demands is to allow a civilian council to step in until presidential elections. More than 12,000 civilians have been tried in military tribunals under the rule of the military council, a remanent of the Mubarak regime, and Egyptians fear the military regime will not relinquish its power. In his speech, Tantawi said he would order the formation of a new cabinet to replace the one that resigned Monday, which would continue to work in conjunction with SCAF. Those in Tahrir were galvanized by his speech, which some described as threatening. On one street, a crowd of young futbol fans called Ultras marched and lit fireworks. Soon after, a riot police truck moved toward the crowd, firing repeated rounds of tear gas. Soon after, in the second largest city of Alexandria, police swept the crowds, making arrests. The chants of January echo, but this time with a different target.
People are now chanting, " Tantawi, you coward, the people are waiting for you in the Square."
There are 12 images in this galleryFri, 2011-11-25 16:14