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November 21, 2011

Egypt erupts with fresh protests

Protesters unhappy with the pace of change and the continued military rule in Egypt flooded Cairo's Tahrir Square over the weekend demanding civilian rule. Riot police responded with tear gas, beatings, and live ammunition, leaving at least 20 dead in continuing clashes. Egypt holds parliamentary elections next week, and demonstrators want presidential elections to be held shortly afterward. The ruling military has proposed to delay those elections until late 2012 or even 2013, angering Egyptians frustrated with the military's role in government. Collected here are images of the struggle over the weekend. -- Lane Turner (24 photos total)

Protesters run from tear gas fired by riot police in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 21, 2011. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

Tens of thousands of Egyptian protesters wave national flags during a rally held in Cairo's Tahrir Square on November 18, 2011 with the aim of pushing Egypt's ruling military to cede power, 10 months after an uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak's regime. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images) #

Tens of thousands of Egyptian protesters flood Tahrir Square in Cairo on November 18, 2011. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images) #

Riot police run toward protesters during clashes in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 21, 2011. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

A protester clashes with riot police at Tahrir Square in Cairo November 19, 2011. Riot police on Saturday cleared the square of protesters who had camped overnight after a rally of some 50,000 people, mainly Islamists, pressed Egypt's military rulers to transfer power swiftly to a civilian government. Around 100 protesters had stayed in the square, where police pulled down tents and confiscated chairs and banners they had set up, Reuters' witnesses said. Some minor scuffles occurred. (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Reuters) #

Egyptian riot police clash with protesters at Tahrir Square in Cairo November 19, 2011. (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Reuters) #

A protester throws a tear gas canister, which had earlier been thrown by riot police, near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 20, 2011. Protesters demanding an end to army rule and angered by rough police tactics battled with police on Sunday, presenting Egypt's ruling generals with their biggest security challenge yet, a week before parliamentary elections. Two people were killed and hundreds wounded in clashes on Saturday night reminiscent of some of the worst violence during the 18-day uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in February. (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Reuters) #

Protesters help their fellow protester, who is affected by tear gas, during clashes with riot police near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 20, 2011. (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters) #

Protesters chant slogans and carry a giant Egyptian flag during clashes with riot police in Tahrir Square in Cairo November 20, 2011. (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Reuters) #

A wounded protester is treated at a field hospital during clashes with Egyptian riot police in Tahrir Square in Cairo November 20, 2011. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters) #

A wounded protester is rushed to a field hospital near Tahrir Square during clashes with Egyptian riot police in Cairo November 20, 2011. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters) #

Men mourn next to the body of a protester at a field hospital near Tahrir Square, after he was killed during clashes with Egyptian riot police in Cairo November 20, 2011. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters) #

A wounded protester holds spent ammunition at a field hospital near Tahrir Square, during clashes with Egyptian riot police, in Cairo November 20, 2011. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters) #

A protester has his eyes washed with milk to protect against tear gas during clashes with police in Cairo November 21, 2011. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

A protester climbs a burning building to rescue residents trapped by fire during clashes with police in Cairo November 21, 2011. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

Protesters help people climb down a burning building during clashes with police on a road which leads to the Interior Ministry near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 21, 2011. Egypt's Health Ministry said on Monday that the death toll in clashes between protesters and security forces in Cairo's Tahrir Square reached 20 people. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters) #

A protester sits in a broken window at a damaged building belonging to The American University in Cairo as he watches the clashes near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 21, 2011. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters) #

Tens of thousands of Egyptian protesters perform the Friday prayer during a rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square on November 18, 2011 with the aim of pushing Egypt's ruling military to cede power. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images) #

Protesters prepare to throw Molotov cocktails during clashes with riot police in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 21, 2011. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

Protesters take cover behind a makeshift barricade and a burnt car as riot police fire tear gas and rubber-covered bullets in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 21, 2011. Cairo's main morgue at Zainhum hospital has received 33 corpses from those killed in clashes between protesters and security forces, medical sources said on Monday. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

Protesters run away from riot police firing tear gas and rubber-covered bullets in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 21, 2011. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

Protesters carry a man injured during clashes with riot police in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 21, 2011. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

Protesters run from riot police firing tear gas and rubber-covered bullets in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 21, 2011. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

A protester throws stones at riot police during clashes in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 21, 2011. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #


 
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