Egypt

Follow the protests at Cairo's Tahrir Square live

 
In scenes resminscent of the popular uprising that led to former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s downfall in February, demonstrators have gathered in Cairo's Tahrir square since Friday to urge the country’s interim military rulers to step down. For all the latest developments from Egypt follow our live blog…
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Egyptian blogger calls on men to try the veil

 
An Egyptian student has created a Facebook page to launch an appeal to men: post photos of yourselves wearing the Islamic veil. This young woman believes it is unjust that a dress code is imposed only on women. It’s an amusing initiative but the message has not been well received by some. Read more...

Egyptian activists lend their ‘savoir faire’ to Wall Street protesters

 
Shouting “Down with the government!” in Arabic, a group of protesters marched down a street, waving picket signs and flags. One might think they were watching a scene lifted directly from an Arab Spring demonstration, but guess again – it’s an Occupy Wall Street protest in New York. Read more…
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Are secret militias stirring violence in Egypt protests?

 
An amateur video shot during the deadly clashes opposing Egyptian Coptic Christians and police last week has fuelled concerns that organised thugs known as the ‘Baltagias’ have made a bloody comeback in Cairo. According to our Observers, these secret militias, infamous for their brutality under former President Hosni Mubarak’s rule, are still wreaking havoc. Read more…
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Eyewitness describes deadly clashes in Cairo: “The security forces were heartless”

 
Violent clashes between Coptic Christians and security forces in Cairo Sunday left 24 people dead and more than 200 wounded. Our Observer, a Muslim bystander who witnessed the events, was shocked by the military’s behaviour. Read more and see videos…
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A country divided – Mubarak trial reveals rifts in post-revolution Egypt

 
Tensions ran high as former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s trial resumed for a third session on Monday. Fighting could be heard both within and without the courtroom walls as pro- and anti-Mubarak factions railed against each other – evidence, perhaps, that despite efforts to move forward, Egypt remains divided on the fate of its fallen president. Read more...

Egyptian protesters worried the revolution is slipping through their fingers

 
Cairo’s Tahrir Square filled up with protesters again on Friday, in a scene reminiscent of the mass protests that prompted the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year. The participants in the most massive sit-in since the beginning of the Egyptian Revolution nearly five months ago claimed they felt the revolution’s goals were being abandoned. Read more...
 

Crackdown in Cairo: ‘Police violence as bad’ as during popular uprising

 
Egyptian security forces and protesters clashed for a second day in the capital Cairo on Wednesday, June 29 recalling the type of violence seen in the run up to former President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. According to our Observers in Cairo, the unrest was triggered by an earlier crackdown on a memorial honouring victims of the country’s popular uprising. Read more...
 
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Egyptians back in Tahrir Square for ‘second revolution’

 
Three months after the popular uprising that ousted former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians are back on the street to demand faster reforms and a speedy trial for the fallen president and his aides. Read more...

Sharm el-Sheikh residents: ‘We want Mubarak out!’

 
Hundreds of protesters gathered on Tuesday, April 12, in front of the hospital treating ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. They were demanding his removal from the city and immediate trial in an Egyptian court. Read more…
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