Huge numbers of Egyptians gathered in Cairo on Sunday to protest the government of President Mohamed Morsi, sworn in one year ago, as a smaller number of Morsi supporters gathered in a different part of town.
Read Abigail Hauslohner’s story to get a sense of the tension in Cairo, where protesters are hoping to topple Morsi’s year-old rule and many fear the demonstrations could devolve into violence. CNN’s Ben Wedeman, a veteran of the region, called Sunday’s anti-Morsi demonstration the largest public protest he’d ever seen in Egypt.
Photos of the protests drive home their vast size and scale, still remarkable even two-plus years after mass demonstrations led to the end of Hosni Mubarak’s reign.
Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians gather in Tahrir Square on Sunday for anti-Morsi demonstrations. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)
Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi march on the Qasr el-Nil bridge leading to Cairo’s landmark Tahrir Square on Sunday. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Egyptian women opposing Morsi wave their national flag and hold a placard reading in Arabic “we are tired of the renaissance (Morsi’s presidential campaign program) and we will not tire from standing.” (EPA/ANDRE PAIN)
Thousands of opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi pray Sunday during a protest calling for his ouster. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
An anti-Morsi demonstration in front of the presidential palace Sunday. (EPA/KHALED ELFIQI)
Hundreds of thousands of Egyptian demonstrators gather outside the presidential palace in Cairo. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Tahrir Square (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)