A massive protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against continued military rule of the country was violently broken up by Egyptian police and army officers early on Monday morning.
The police fired tear gas canisters and charged demonstrators in Tahrir Square as darkness fell on Sunday, temporarily sending protesters fleeing.
On Monday morning, security forces fired tear gas and attacked a makeshift field hospital, while protesters broke up pavements to hurl chunks of concrete at police.
|1) Ambulances made their way through a narrow, crowded alley where a makeshift hospital received wounded protesters. Others were carried or stumbled their way to receive care [Shadi Rahimi/Al Jazeera]|
|2) As the shooting of tear gas canisters by riot police intensified, protestors began picking up pieces of concrete that they had broken on the ground to throw in retaliation. Both sides threw rocks [Shadi Rahimi/Al Jazeera]|
|4) Crowds marched towards riot police, chanting, retreated back when fired upon, then regrouped and marched again [Shadi Rahimi/Al Jazeera]
|5) Demonstrators built a few fires along Mohamed Mahmoud Street to help alleviate the tear gas smoke [Shadi Rahimi/Al Jazeera]|
|6) Many young women worked as unofficial medics, splashing solution on tear-gassed faces. Others protested on the front lines with male demonstrators, also getting injured [Shadi Rahimi/Al Jazeera]
|7) The canisters of riot smoke used against the protestors are manufactured in Jamestown, Pennsylvania by a company called Combined Tactical Systems. The Egyptian army receives $2bn from the US annually, a majority of it in military aid [Shadi Rahimi/Al Jazeera]
|8) One of the crowd’s chants was, ‘If you are going to turn Egypt into Syria, we will turn it into Libya’ [Shadi Rahimi/Al Jazeera]
|9) This boy was one of the many who picked up tear gas canisters and tossed them away from the crowd. Many said the type of tear gas used felt more powerful than that employed during the uprising that began January 25 [Shadi Rahimi/Al Jazeera]|
|10) Young men threw rocks at security forces after being fired upon with multiple rounds of tear gas and other projectiles [Shadi Rahimi/Al Jazeera]|
Shadi Rahimi is an independent journalist who has written for the New York Times and New America Media. Follow her work at www.ShadiRahimi.com.