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Violent clashes in Egypt — Violent crackdown by Egyptian Security Forces on a pro-Morsi sit-in demonstration at the Rabaa al-Adweya Mosque in the Nasr City district took place on August 14, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. An unknown number of pro-Morsi protesters were killed in Egypt’s capital today as Egyptian Security Forces undertook a planned operation to clear Morsi supporters from two sit-in demonstrations in Cairo where they have camped for over a month. Egyptian Police and Army forces entered protest sites in the Nasr City and Giza districts at dawn using tear gas, live fire and bulldozers to disperse protesters and destroy the camps. A state of emergency has been declared in Egypt to begin this afternoon and will reportedly last for one month.

Egyptian security forces sweep Morsi supporter camps in bloody battle amid gunfire, tear gas
Egyptian police in riot gear swept in with armoured vehicles and bulldozers Wednesday to clear two sprawling encampments of supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president in Cairo, showering protesters with tear gas as the sound of gunfire rang out. At least 15 people were killed.

Smoke clogged the sky and fires smouldered on the streets, which were lined with charred poles and tarps after several tents were burned. The smaller camp was cleared relatively quickly, but clashes were ongoing at the main site near a mosque that has served as the epicenter of the pro-Morsi campaign.

The assault came after days of warnings by the military-backed interim administration that replaced President Mohammed Morsi after he was ousted in a July 3 coup. The two sit-in camps at two major intersections on opposite sides of the Egyptian capital began in late June to show support for Morsi. Aftre the coup, protesters there have demanded his reinstatement. (Photos: AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa; Mohammed Abdel Moneim / AFP / Getty Images; AP Photo / Hassan Ammar)

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Fireworks and clashes in Egypt — A firework fired by opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi explodes over the supporters during clashes in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 15, 2013. Thousands of supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi held mass rallies and marched in the streets Monday to demand his return to office. The protest turned violent in downtown Cairo as police fired tear gas at pro-Morsi protesters who burned tires, threw rocks and blocked traffic flow on a main roadway running through the heart of the capital. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Fireworks and clashes in Egypt — A firework fired by opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi explodes over the supporters during clashes in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 15, 2013. Thousands of supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi held mass rallies and marched in the streets Monday to demand his return to office. The protest turned violent in downtown Cairo as police fired tear gas at pro-Morsi protesters who burned tires, threw rocks and blocked traffic flow on a main roadway running through the heart of the capital. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Hundreds of hands move in unison — Egyptian protesters wave their hands and hold national flags during anti-President Mohammed Morsi demonstration in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 28, 2013. Tens of thousands of backers and opponents of Egypt’s Islamist president held competing rallies in the capital Friday and new clashes erupted between the two sides in the countryís second largest city, Alexandria, in a prelude to massive nationwide protests planned by the opposition this weekend demanding Mohammed Morsiís removal.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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Hundreds of hands move in unison — Egyptian protesters wave their hands and hold national flags during anti-President Mohammed Morsi demonstration in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 28, 2013. Tens of thousands of backers and opponents of Egypt’s Islamist president held competing rallies in the capital Friday and new clashes erupted between the two sides in the countryís second largest city, Alexandria, in a prelude to massive nationwide protests planned by the opposition this weekend demanding Mohammed Morsiís removal.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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Violent protests erupt in Tahrir Square as Mohammed Morsi’s decree threatens new turmoil at heart of Arab Spring
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s decree that put his decisions above legal challenge until a new parliament was elected caused fury amongst his opponents on Friday who accused him of being the new Hosni Mubarak and hijacking the revolution.

Police fired tear gas in a street leading to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, heart of the 2011 anti-Mubarak uprising, where thousands demanded Mursi quit and accused him of launching a “coup”. There were violent protests in Alexandria, Port Said and Suez.

“The people want to bring down the regime,” shouted protesters in Tahrir, echoing a chant used in the uprising that forced Mubarak to step down. “Get out, Mursi,” they chanted. (Reuters; AP Photos)

Photos: Tens of thousands mass in Egypt’s Tahrir Square to mark one-year anniversary of revolt
Tens of thousands massed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and other Egyptian cities on Wednesday, a year after an uprising erupted that toppled Hosni Mubarak, spurred on revolts across the region and exposed rifts in the Arab world’s most populous state.

United last year by popular anger at Mubarak and his 30-year rule, Egyptians gathering on the January 25 anniversary were in high spirits but divided between activists demanding a swift end to army rule and Islamists celebrating their dramatic change in fortunes after emerging victors in a parliamentary election.

Horrific police beating of ‘girl in the blue bra’ becomes new rallying call for Egyptian protesters
She has been dubbed “the girl in the blue bra” and has quickly become a symbol for Egyptian protesters trying to end the country’s military power.

In a powerful and graphic video seen around the world, soldiers are seen beating and dragging the woman along the street during a protest. Her clothing becomes loose and her blue bra is clearly on show as a soldier stomps on her.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed outrage at the woman’s treatment and said it dishonours the country.

“This systematic degradation of Egyptian women dishonours the revolution, disgraces the state and its uniform and is not worthy of a great people,” she said.

Burnt and damaged books at the Institute of Egypt in central Cairo on December 19, 2011 after the world-famous centre caught fire during deadly clashes between security forces and protesters. The heavily damaged historic centre for the advancement of scientific research, housing priceless national archives, was founded in 1798 during Napoleon Bonaparte’s expedition to Egypt, and contained more than 20,000 precious documents and manuscripts. MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images READ MORE

Burnt and damaged books at the Institute of Egypt in central Cairo on December 19, 2011 after the world-famous centre caught fire during deadly clashes between security forces and protesters. The heavily damaged historic centre for the advancement of scientific research, housing priceless national archives, was founded in 1798 during Napoleon Bonaparte’s expedition to Egypt, and contained more than 20,000 precious documents and manuscripts. MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images READ MORE

The Arab Awakening: The ex-Google executive behind Egypt’s online revolutionThe Arab Spring began a year ago, ushering in an era of revolution and protest. In the second of a six-part series, the National Post’s Peter Goodspeed charts Egypt’s route from “day of rage” to the ballot boxDuring the early days of Egypt’s revolution, the once-powerful and much-feared interior minister, Habib al-Adly, reportedly dismissed Cairo’s protesters as “a bunch of incognizant, ineffective young people.”It was, perhaps, the most erroneous assessment of the entire Arab Spring.Mr. Habib obviously had not met Wael Ghonim, the former Google executive, computer engineer and Internet activist who unwittingly became the unofficial spokesman for Egypt’s revolutionaries.“I’m not a hero. I want to tell every mother and every father who lost a child, I am sorry. But this is not our mistake. I swear to God, it is not our mistake. It is the mistake of every one of those in power who doesn’t want to let go of it.” (Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

The Arab Awakening: The ex-Google executive behind Egypt’s online revolution
The Arab Spring began a year ago, ushering in an era of revolution and protest. In the second of a six-part series, the National Post’s Peter Goodspeed charts Egypt’s route from “day of rage” to the ballot box

During the early days of Egypt’s revolution, the once-powerful and much-feared interior minister, Habib al-Adly, reportedly dismissed Cairo’s protesters as “a bunch of incognizant, ineffective young people.”

It was, perhaps, the most erroneous assessment of the entire Arab Spring.

Mr. Habib obviously had not met Wael Ghonim, the former Google executive, computer engineer and Internet activist who unwittingly became the unofficial spokesman for Egypt’s revolutionaries.

“I’m not a hero. I want to tell every mother and every father who lost a child, I am sorry. But this is not our mistake. I swear to God, it is not our mistake. It is the mistake of every one of those in power who doesn’t want to let go of it.” (Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Photographs from inside Egypt’s worst violence since before the electionsStone-throwing demonstrators clashed with troops wielding truncheons and electric prods in central Cairo on Friday, witnesses said, in the worst violence since the start of Egypt’s first free election in six decades.By early afternoon, troops were trying to disperse around 10,000 protesters with truncheons and what witnesses said appeared to be cattle prods that they used to give electric shocks to some of the demonstrators.In a pattern of spreading violence that has become a familiar refrain during nine months of army rule since President Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow, protesters regrouped in growing numbers as resentment at security forces’ tactics grew. (Photo: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

Photographs from inside Egypt’s worst violence since before the elections
Stone-throwing demonstrators clashed with troops wielding truncheons and electric prods in central Cairo on Friday, witnesses said, in the worst violence since the start of Egypt’s first free election in six decades.

By early afternoon, troops were trying to disperse around 10,000 protesters with truncheons and what witnesses said appeared to be cattle prods that they used to give electric shocks to some of the demonstrators.

In a pattern of spreading violence that has become a familiar refrain during nine months of army rule since President Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow, protesters regrouped in growing numbers as resentment at security forces’ tactics grew. (Photo: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

Egypt: Hardcore protesters clash with police through the night in battle over military ruleStreet clashes rumbled on in Cairo on Wednesday as protesters derided  a deal struck between Egypt’s ruling generals and mostly Islamist  parties for a faster transfer to civilian rule.
The death toll in five days of violence climbed to 37 by a Reuters  count after a man was killed in the city of Alexandria. Hardcore  protesters battled police through the night in Cairo.
The Health Ministry said 32 people had been killed and 2,000 wounded in disturbances across the country of 80 million.

Egypt: Hardcore protesters clash with police through the night in battle over military rule
Street clashes rumbled on in Cairo on Wednesday as protesters derided a deal struck between Egypt’s ruling generals and mostly Islamist parties for a faster transfer to civilian rule.

The death toll in five days of violence climbed to 37 by a Reuters count after a man was killed in the city of Alexandria. Hardcore protesters battled police through the night in Cairo.

The Health Ministry said 32 people had been killed and 2,000 wounded in disturbances across the country of 80 million.

Death toll rises to 22 as Egyptian protests reach third dayThe death toll in three days of clashes in Cairo and other Egyptian cities between police and protesters against army rule rose to 22 on Monday and threatened to disrupt the first free parliamentary elections in decades.The military generals were feted as champions of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in February, but the violence since Saturday when police moved to break up a sit-in Cairo’s Tahrir Square has underlined growing hostility to their continued control.“I’ve seen the police beat women my mother’s age. I want military rule to end,” said 21-year-old Mohamed Gamal. (Photo: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

Death toll rises to 22 as Egyptian protests reach third day
The death toll in three days of clashes in Cairo and other Egyptian cities between police and protesters against army rule rose to 22 on Monday and threatened to disrupt the first free parliamentary elections in decades.

The military generals were feted as champions of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in February, but the violence since Saturday when police moved to break up a sit-in Cairo’s Tahrir Square has underlined growing hostility to their continued control.

“I’ve seen the police beat women my mother’s age. I want military rule to end,” said 21-year-old Mohamed Gamal. (Photo: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

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Tens of thousands pack Egypt’s Tahrir Square to protest military rule About 50,000 mainly Islamist protesters flocked to Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday to press Egypt’s military rulers to transfer power to elected civilians after the cabinet launched a move to exempt the army from parliamentary oversight.The protesters chanted Islamic songs before Friday prayers while others handed out flyers demanding the withdrawal of the constitutional proposal and that presidential elections be held no later than April 2012, instead of at year end or in 2013.“Does the government want to humiliate the people? The people revolted against Mubarak and they will revolt against the constitution they want to impose on us!” a member of an orthodox Islamic Salafi group cried out over loudspeakers. (Photo: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

Tens of thousands pack Egypt’s Tahrir Square to protest military rule
About 50,000 mainly Islamist protesters flocked to Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday to press Egypt’s military rulers to transfer power to elected civilians after the cabinet launched a move to exempt the army from parliamentary oversight.

The protesters chanted Islamic songs before Friday prayers while others handed out flyers demanding the withdrawal of the constitutional proposal and that presidential elections be held no later than April 2012, instead of at year end or in 2013.

“Does the government want to humiliate the people? The people revolted against Mubarak and they will revolt against the constitution they want to impose on us!” a member of an orthodox Islamic Salafi group cried out over loudspeakers. (Photo: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

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'Virginity tests' done, general saysAn Egyptian general said the military conducted forced “virginity tests” on female protesters in March, actions that have outraged Egyptian activists who called for demonstrations to condemn the incident."The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine," the general, who did not want to be named, told CNN."We didn’t want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren’t virgins in the first place."These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters in Tahrir Square, and we found in the tents Molotov cocktails and [drugs]," he said.Amnesty International had previously called on the government to investigate accusations that the army tortured and abused women arrested in the protests. (Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

'Virginity tests' done, general says
An Egyptian general said the military conducted forced “virginity tests” on female protesters in March, actions that have outraged Egyptian activists who called for demonstrations to condemn the incident.

"The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine," the general, who did not want to be named, told CNN.

"We didn’t want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren’t virgins in the first place.

"These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters in Tahrir Square, and we found in the tents Molotov cocktails and [drugs]," he said.

Amnesty International had previously called on the government to investigate accusations that the army tortured and abused women arrested in the protests. (Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

A girl attends Friday prayer in front of an army tank during Friday prayers in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Feb. 18, 2011. Egyptians held a nationwide “Victory March” on Friday to celebrate the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule one week ago, to protect the revolution and to remind new military rulers of the power of the street. (Photo: Suhaib Salem/Reuters)
Anne Applebaum: For Egypt’s victorious protesters, the hangover starts nowGraphic: Fatal price of protest in the Middle East

A girl attends Friday prayer in front of an army tank during Friday prayers in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Feb. 18, 2011. Egyptians held a nationwide “Victory March” on Friday to celebrate the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule one week ago, to protect the revolution and to remind new military rulers of the power of the street. (Photo: Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

Anne Applebaum: For Egypt’s victorious protesters, the hangover starts now
Graphic: Fatal price of protest in the Middle East