Just as they did in 2011, angry Egyptians are taking to the streets. And the whole scene is looking very familiar
If you've been paying attention to the goings on in Egypt's this week, you might think you're suffering from a bit of déjà vu. Just as it was in early 2011, Cairo's city center is once again home to violent clashes between anti-government protesters and police. Tens of thousands of Egyptians have staked out a place in Tahrir Square, erecting tents, waving flags, throwing stones, and fending off tear gas — all in the name of protesting the Powers That Be. In 2011, protesters were fighting the regime of since-ousted despot Hosni Mubarak. And today, President Mohamed Morsi, who claimed sweeping new powers this month after narrowly winning the presidency over the summer, is quickly becoming the new Hosni Mubarak. Clearly, many Egyptians are fiercely displeased with the government that replaced Mubarak's, and they're protesting the former just as they did the latter. Here, a few photographic comparisons of the two Egyptian protest movements.
Top: Anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square listen as Mubarak speaks to the nation on Feb. 10, 2011. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
Bottom: Tens of thousands of anti-Morsi protesters chant slogans in Tahrir Square on Nov. 27, 2012, in one of the country's biggest rallies since Mubarak was overthrown. (REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)
Top: During an anti-Mubarak rally on Feb. 1, 2011, Egyptians parade a giant flag across the crowd. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
Bottom: Anti-Morsi demonstrators display two large Egyptian flags while chanting anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans in Tahrir Square on Nov. 27, 2012. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)
Top: A man carries a picture that depicts Mubarak as Adolf Hitler during a protest in Cairo on Jan. 31, 2011. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)
Bottom: A protester in Cairo holds a poster mashing up the faces of Morsi and Mubarak. (AP Photo/Mostafa El Shemy)
Top: An anti-government protester throws a stone at a riot police vehicle in the port city of Suez, just outside of Cairo, on Jan. 27, 2011. (REUTERS/Mohamed And El-Ghany)
Bottom: An anti-Morsi protester chucks a rock at riot police in Tahrir Square on Nov. 27, 2012. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)
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