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Egypt: Protests erupt on anniversary of revolution (LIVE BLOG)

What's happening from Cairo's Tahrir Square.

chanting, "Yes, we're chanting against the military. We've come back again and this time we're not leaving."


Read our special report on Military tribunals: A continuing crackdown on Egypt’s revolution, an examination on how the tide of public opinion has turned against the military, over fears that it will not relinquish power to a civilian government.


The New York Times noted:

After a year of protests and crackdowns, many note a pattern: the conflicts with security forces never begin on the days when crowds fill the streets but only days later when the authorities move in to clear out the stragglers.

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Updates from our correspondent Erin Cunningham in the field.


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The scars of last year's protests have not yet healed, as Egyptians still demand justice for the deaths that occurred during the first uprising in Egypt. The father of 13-year-old Mohamed Fawzy Ashour told Al Jazeera:

I demand SCAF (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces) bring justice to all those who died, including my son. We want our rights. We want fair trials. We are not dogs. They don’t deserve the title ruler. We want all the murderers put on trial so justice can be done and it will be fair. This is what I ask from every Egyptian and every world citizen and everybody out there: to stand for what's right. These people who died are humans created by God.

Ashour was one of an estimated 846 people killed in the violence during the initial uprising.

Reuters reported on the continuing protests against the military, with activists demanding justice and trials for the hundreds of people killed in the past year:

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Paul Danahar, of the BBC, reported from Cairo:

One year on from Egypt's revolution I am standing in the same square with the same people in a different country. Thousands are filing into Tahrir Square to celebrate the end of a dictatorship which smothered this nation of 85 million people for decades.

But if a year ago the people were united in one cause the scene in the square today also reveals their divisions. Before there was only one stage, one microphone and one message. Now there are many.

The rallies in Egypt include a diverse group of people, from Islamists celebrating political gains to young activists wary of both the military and the Islamists.

The New York Times noted that Egypt's brewing financial crisis could undermine the power transition taking place:

With mounting debts, negligible economic growth and dwindling foreign reserves, the military rulers and the new Islamist-led Parliament now confront some difficult choices, beginning with an all but inevitable further devaluation of Egypt’s currency that could send the prices of food and