Egypt: The Revolution is Back!

This post is part of our special coverage Egypt Revolution 2011.

Up to 100,000 people are said to be in Tahrir Square now, as police and the army continue to battle with protesters calling for an end to Egypt's military rule. Protesters have had running battles with the armed gunmen working serving the Egyptian government since Friday and are now adamant to stay in the square until their demands are met. So far, reports say that 35 people have died in the clashes.

Among the chief demands is calling for a civil government, to take the place of the Supreme Council for Armed Forces (SCAF), the military establishment which has installed itself as the defacto ruler of Egypt after former President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February.

NBC's reporter Richard Engel tweets:

@richardengelnbc: #egypt. Perhaps 100 k now in #Tahrir. Big tents going back up

Emirati commentator uploads pictures from Al Jazeera Mubasher showing the crowds:

@SultanAlQassemi: Tahrir square now – time in Cairo 10:40pm on Monday

The scene at Tahrir. Picture by Sultan Al Qassemi from Al Jazeera Mubasher

And Jack Shenker adds:


Tantawi effigy hangs from a #Tahrir lampost, same one that held up a Mubarak effigy in January:

Tantawi's effigy hanging from a lamp post in Tahrir. Picture by Jack Shenker.

Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi is SCAF's commander-in-chief and demonstrators have been calling for his resignation for months.

Marian chants:

@Maroo84: Home! :) Egyptians are amazing! High spirit in the square! WE WON'T SURRENDER! WE WON'T RETREAT :) #tahrir Down with SCAF

But trouble is lurking around the corner, be it from the use of excessive teargas, birdshot or even live ammunition.

Yasmine G shares a photograph of bullets, one made in the US and the other Italy, used against protesters.

@_YasmineG_: Made in Italy and Made in USA these are a kind of bullet that releases a lot of smaller ones #Tahrir #nov19

Bullets made in the US and Italy used to kill Egyptian protesters. Photo by Yasmine G

Bel Trew admits:

@Beltrew: We're checking for snipers using night vision cameras #tahrir

Jonathan Rashad tells us:

@JonathanRashad: Intensive live ammo being used against us now in Mohamed Mahmoud street. The battle has been going on for 57 hours. Casualties are so high.

And Josh Shahryar shares this telling image with us:

@JShahryar: How bad has gunfire been at Tahrir? This image explains it quite well: #Egypt via @Elazul

Picture shared on Twitter by @Elazul showing the extent of the gunfire in Tahrir

Meanwhile, activist Mona Seif visited the morgue where many of the martyrs killed in the police attacks on protesters are kept. She reports:

@Monasosh: All martyrs here at the morgue were murdered by live ammunition,except 2 suffocation from tear gas, & one shattered skull #Tahrir #Mashra7a

adding that there were 23 bodies there [ar]:

23 جثة، 2 منهم جاري التعرف عليهم، و 3 مجهولين. قولوا للأهالي ييجوا يتعرفوا عليهم
@Monasosh: There are 23 bodies here. Two are being identified now and three are unknown. Tell the families to come and identify them.

This post is part of our special coverage Egypt Revolution 2011.


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