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Photos: Protests in Egypt

Protests-Egypt-2011-iOn 25 January 2011 extensive civil unrest and rioting began in Egypt. Despite violence, the situation seemed more controlled chiefly through the moderating effects of the army’s presence on the street.

The protesters appeared to have a clear objective — the removal of Mubarak’s regime.

The 2011 protests have been the largest demonstrations seen in Egypt since the 1977 Egyptian Bread Riots and “unprecedented” in scope, drawing participants from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and faiths.

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The demonstrations and riots started in the weeks after the Tunisian uprising, with many protesters carrying Tunisian flags as a symbol of their influence.

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Grievances for Egyptian protesters have focused on legal and political issues including police brutality, state of emergency laws, lack of free elections and free speech, and corruption, as well as economic issues including high unemployment,  food price inflation,  and low minimum wages.

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Many opposition groups have given Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, a mandate to negotiate a unity government.

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Photo sources: FARS, IRNA, Shabestan

Egypt uprising Facebook pages: APRIL 6 YOUTH MOVEMENT (Arabic), Khaled Said (English), mma qarat (Arabic)

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