A year after Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi came to power, hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have taken to Tahrir Square to call for his removal. Protestors accuse Morsi of failing to tackle economic issues like high gas and food prices as well as security issues.
More than half a dozen people have died and hundreds have been injured so far. But Morsi claims there will be no second revolution and that giving in to the cries for his ouster would only prolong chaos in Egypt. He has, however, acknowledged that the constitutional move to give himself more power last November was a mistake.
This is what Tahrir Square, which is already being referred to with the hashtag #June30 on Twitter and Instagram, looked like today. Fears of violence have escalated as thousands of Morsi supporters rallied in his defense.
Egyptian protestors chant slogans against Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi while walking past a banner that says “Obama support terrorism.”AP Photo/Manu Brabo
Hundreds of thousands of opponents of Egypt’s Islamist president poured out onto the streets in Cairo and across much of the nation Sunday, launching an all-out push to force Mohammed Morsi from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.AP Photo/Manu Brabo
Opponents of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo.AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty
A large Egyptian national flag is held during a protest outside the presidential palace, at the start of a day of protests many fear will turn deadly.AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty
An Egyptian protestor watches an Apache army helicopter is it flies over Tahrir Square.AP Photo/Amr Nabil
Organizers claim more than 22 million people have signed a petition calling for Morsi’s ouster.AP Photo/Khalil Hamra
Morsi’s supporters rally in Nasser City, Cairo, vowing to defend him.AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
Morsi supporters stand at a security cordon with makeshift weapons and helmets during a demonstration at the Rabaa al-Adaweya Mosque in the suburb of Nasr City.Getty Images/Ed Giles
Egyptian opposition protesters stand by a wall covered in anti-government graffiti during a demonstration in Tahrir Square as part of the ‘Tamarod’ campaign.Getty Images/Ed Giles