In pictures: Deadly clashes erupt in Egypt

Egypt's biggest demonstration in months sparks chaos and bloodshed in fighting between riot police and protesters.

    1) Clashes erupted between riot police and protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square on November 19 after police dispersed a sit-in by demonstrators demanding the ruling military transfer power swiftly to a civilian government. Around 100 protesters had camped in the square overnight after Friday's demonstration, which had gathered some 50,000 people, mostly Islamists [Reuters]

     

    2) Protesters threw stones at police during the clashes. At least one person was killed in the Cairo protests, and hundreds of others were injured [Reuters]

     

    3) Crowds swarmed an armored police vehicle, rocking it and setting it ablaze [Reuters]

     

    4) Demonstrators are angry with alleged attempts by the Egyptian military to grant themselves special powers over the next elected government [Reuters]

     

    5) The number of protesters swelled to several thousand as news of the scuffles spread in the city, and thousands more riot police streamed into the square, blocking entrances and clashing with protesters [Reuters]

     

    6) Since February, most rallies in Egypt have been led by liberal- or left-leaning groups, but Islamists dominated Tahrir Square's biggest demonstration in months [Reuters]

     

    7) After six hours of clashes, police had appeared to gain control of Tahrir Square, but violence spread throughout Egypt [Reuters]

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.