As many Egyptians are quick to point out, this isn’t a coup; Egypt is in the throes of a revolution.
On June 30, millions of demonstrators flooded city streets, demanding that their Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, step down immediately.
Those efforts paid off; within days, Morsi was physically removed from his office by Egyptian military, who are still detaining him in an undisclosed location.
But Morsi’s dismissal merely served as an opening chapter in Egypt’s latest revolution. The ousted president’s supporters—who are members of the Muslim Brotherhood—have hit back, publicly demonstrating in violent protests the removal of their leader.
Last night, that violence came to a head as pro and anti-Morsi demonstrators clashed in a wave of streetfights that took the lives of 36 people and injured about 1,000 more.
While incidents are being reported around the country, much of what happened took place in Cairo. Below are some of the most dramatic pictures from last night’s violence in that city.
July 5, members of the Muslim Brotherhood are reported to have begun setting roadside fires.
Some demonstrators attempted to block access to Cairo's 6 of October Bridge.
As the fighting escalated, others threw rocks and fireworks at each other.
Some showed up with flares.
Egyptian Security Forces finally emerged, driving out members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Several victims of last night's violence were carried through Cairo streets today in a funeral procession marked by the massive turnout it prompted.
Peace can’t come too soon for Egypt’s citizens. It’s been reported that Mohamed ElBaradei, a former U.N. nuclear watchdog and Nobel peace laureate, may be named interim prime minister of the country, but that announcement has so far done nothing to quiet Egypt’s unrest.
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