And so it is. A year after Egyptians rose up in solidarity against their decades-long dictator, the two largest political mobilizing forces are now at each other's throats — quite literally.
At a landmark session of Egypt's new parliament in Cairo today, supporters of the winning party of the Muslim Brotherhood and hundreds of anti-military activists that descended on parliament came to blows on the downtown streets of the capital.
The activists, many of whom spearheaded the uprising last year, had organized a series of marches to coincide with the speech of the military-appointed prime minister's speech at the session, calling for a more swift transfer of power to civilian authorities. Egypt is now run by a military junta that seized control during the revolt in February 2011.
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But, according to witnesses, they were met with a meters-deep shield of Muslim Brotherhood loyalists, who once formed a protective human chain around Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square but who were now forcibly preventing the revolutionaries from reaching parliament.