Photo story: Inside Egypt's Revolution

The defining event of the Arab Uprising has been the revolutionary protests in Tahrir Square that brought down Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

One year after the protests began, MRG met with human rights defenders in Cairo to assess the impact of the revolution and prospects for cross-community cooperation.

All photographs ©Mark Lattimer/MRG January 2012

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Demonstrators pack Tahrir Square on the anniversary of the start of the protests on 25 January. Behind stands the burned out hulk of the former ruling party headquarters
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A sea of national flags lends unity to a demonstration that brought together disparate groups in Egyptian society
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The minaret of the Omar Makram mosque rises behind the double victory salute of a protestor. All access to Tahrir Square was controlled for the demonstration by double lines of members of the Muslim Brotherhood, who triumphed in recent elections
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The Kasr el Dobara Evangelical Church stands just behind Tahrir Square, and runs a medical clinic for anyone hurt in the protests. Egypt’s Coptic Christians total 7 million or more, but the number leaving the country has increased in recent months following attacks and intimidation. Note the Egyptian flag behind the altar
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Shouts for freedom and democracy echo throughout the square, and from the loudspeakers ‘Down with military rule’ joins ‘Allahu Akbar’
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A giant banner shows nooses around the heads of Mubarak (centre), his former interior minister (right), and Field Marshal Tantawi (left), the current leader of Egypt’s ruling military council. An effigy hangs from a nearby lamp-post. Many Egyptians are still amazed to see such open defiance, which would have been unthinkable just one year ago
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Protestors in Tahrir include those calling for the freedom of Omar Abd al Rahman, a blind Sheikh serving life imprisonment in the US for conspiring to bomb New York. Abd al Rahman is seen as the spiritual leader of a militant Islamic group responsible for the 1997 Luxor tourist massacre as well as attacks on Copts. The group’s leaders in Egypt have since renounced violence
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Graffiti around Tahrir denounces repression by the SCAF – the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces – and the square is dotted with memorials to victims of torture and military trials. In December, NGO offices were raided and human rights defenders arrested
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Following violence at demonstrations in November and December, roads leading to the Interior Ministry have all been blocked off. Young protestors climb the barrier but go further at their peril
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Roads leading to the Interior Ministry are further guarded by coils of barbed wire and lines of armed police
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Protestors mark the opening of Egypt’s new parliament on 23 January, while riot police look on. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Freedom Party gained nearly half the seats in recent elections, with the Salafist Al Nour Party holding the second largest bloc. Despite constituting up to 10 per cent of the population, only a handful of the 500 parliamentary seats are taken by Copts
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The anniversary demonstration on 25 January was estimated to have numbered over 150,000. Despite the gallows, it went off peacefully
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Protestors were still going strong late into the night
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Date: 23/02/2012

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