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Egypt: Aftershocks
by Andrew McConnell

Andrew McConnell, now based in Beirut, Lebanon, was in Cairo on the weekend of 4/5 February 2012 which saw some of the worst violence on the streets of the Egyptian capital since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak.

His pictures from the street battles convey some of the chaos that threatens to engulf the young democracy.

Violence erupted again in Egypt after 74 fans were killed following a football match in Port Said between arch rivals Al Masri and the Cairo based team Al Ahly.

Al Ahly supporters, known as Ultras, were attacked by Al Masri fans who charged onto the pitch after the match had ended.

The Ultras lead the violent protests that gripped the capital in late 2011 and many believe the attack against them was orchestrated by pro-Mubarak factions seeking retribution.

After the deaths hundreds took to the streets around the Ministry of Interior building in Cairo, scene of earlier violent protests, accusing the ministry of failing to prevent the deaths and demanding the military council relinquish power to a civilian parliament.

Walls built previously by the military to protect the building were torn down and clashes ensued between police and protesters in which thousands people have been injured and 12 killed.

Andrew McConnell plans to stay in the region and further document the developments of the Arab Spring over the coming months.

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