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November 27, 2012 | By Reem Abdellatif, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in the capital and other major cities across the nation Tuesday demanding that Islamist President Mohamed Morsi rescind a self-issued constitutional decree that gives him sweeping powers. Egyptians marched with families and friends across Cairo to converge in Tahrir Square, chanting the "people demand the fall of the regime," the same slogan that crowds yelled last year in opposition to longtime President Hosni Mubarak. One young woman held a sign that read in Arabic: "Oh Morsi, after the throne, there will be the prison cell ... Just ask Mubarak.
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April 8, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - It's not as if Egypt's presidential race is a crowded one. But firebrand pro-army lawyer Mortada Mansour, who declared his candidacy over the weekend, is denying - vehemently - that he is only running in order to stage proxy attacks on former Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah Sisi's main opponent. Until Mansour jumped into the race, Sisi, who is heavily favored to win, had only one declared challenger, liberal politician Hamdeen Sabahi. That has led many to suggest that Mansour's main function as a candidate will be to smear Sabahi, allowing the former army chief to remain above the fray.
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February 5, 2011 | By Ahdaf Soueif
Writing from Cairo ? Was it ridiculous that I was perched on top of a ladder hanging curtains before going out to join the revolution in Tahrir? I don't know. I know I had taken my bedroom curtains down and they'd been laundered and needed hanging ? otherwise they'd get creased and have to be ironed again. So I took 10 minutes to hang them and half a minute to take pleasure in their soft, billowing whiteness. Then I slung my bag over my shoulder and left. We live in Zamalek, a leafy residential neighborhood that is a 5-minute drive from the bridge that connects it to downtown.
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February 13, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Egypt's revolution of three years ago - an incandescent burst of defiance that brought down a dictator and astonished the world - died in the early hours of its birth. The nation, like a man ambling through the dark, tumbled through a façade of democracy. The military and the Muslim Brotherhood, the state's ultimate and diametrically opposed powers, sabotaged the spirit for change that embodied the flags and faces of their countrymen. The revolution, if it can even be called that now, has become a dangerous hope for idealists.
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November 19, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times
Banners waved and angry slogans echoed as tens of thousands of Egyptians protested Friday against the ruling military council, which they blame for hijacking a revolution that once bore the hope of leading the restive Arab world toward democracy. Dominated by Islamists, with a smattering of secularists and liberals, crowds swelled into Tahrir Square in one of the largest demonstrations since longtime President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in February. Despite competing political agendas, the factions were united in condemning the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces' refusal to cede power to a civilian government.
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January 25, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- Before Jan. 25, 2011, I rarely spent time in Tahrir Square. For me, like millions of other Cairenes, it was no more than a busy downtown traffic hub you'd pass through on the way to somewhere else. So it still seems surreal to recall the first protest against longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak three years ago - and the cascade of events that have taken place in the square since I was there that day reporting for the Los Angeles Times. Police easily dispersed that initial gathering of a few hundred protesters on Jan. 25, and I remember wandering around an almost empty square late that afternoon, trying to find an open eatery.
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February 13, 2011 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Egyptian army moved into Tahrir Square on Sunday, tearing down tents and opening the artery to traffic nearly three weeks after the start of the protests that brought an end to the 30-year reign of Hosni Mubarak. The dozens of soldiers in olive fatigues and red berets surrounded the one remaining stage for protesters, while cars honked and drove around the city hub for the first time since Jan. 25, when people erupted in rage against Mubarak. It was a sign of the military's determination to restore normalcy to the nation's capital.
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November 25, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Reem Abdellatif, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - Security forces built a wall to contain stone-throwing protesters and Egypt's stock exchange tumbled Sunday amid growing unrest over President Mohamed Morsi's decision to expand his powers in a nation dispirited and angered by months of uncertainty. The country's main stock index fell nearly 10% in one of the most bruising days of trading since the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Morsi's power grab left traders fearful that foreign investors - desperately needed to rescue Egypt's troubled economy - would shy away from the nation in light of the latest spasm of political instability.
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June 24, 2012 | By Reem Abdellatif, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - Egyptians wept and hugged as fireworks exploded in Tahrir Square and their world suddenly changed. Tears in their eyes, men, in some cases accompanied by their families, congratulated one another as throngs pushed in on roads and bridges leading from the Nile. In all, tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the square to celebrate the election of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi as the nation's first Islamist president. Although many in the crowd were ecstatic, others acknowledged that they were bracing for the struggle to come as Morsi inherits a country with a battered economy and ruling military still very much in power after President Hosni Mubarak's overthrow 16 months ago. The square - the battered, graffiti-streaked epicenter of Egypt's popular revolt - is where Egyptians have flocked to pour out their joy over the election results and their grievances about the military.
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December 10, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - Knots of men argue politics, barefoot boys grip stones, graffiti blooms, banners unfurl and wind whistles through the tents of protesters in the latest stage of a revolution that, at least for now, has revived passions and lighted new campfires in Tahrir Square. How long the fervor will last is uncertain. The opposition against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has called for mass rallies Tuesday in a final push to block a referendum on a new constitution - one that many fear would favor Islamist interests - set for this weekend.
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January 25, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- Before Jan. 25, 2011, I rarely spent time in Tahrir Square. For me, like millions of other Cairenes, it was no more than a busy downtown traffic hub you'd pass through on the way to somewhere else. So it still seems surreal to recall the first protest against longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak three years ago - and the cascade of events that have taken place in the square since I was there that day reporting for the Los Angeles Times. Police easily dispersed that initial gathering of a few hundred protesters on Jan. 25, and I remember wandering around an almost empty square late that afternoon, trying to find an open eatery.
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January 16, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- An acclaimed documentary tracing the dramatic arc of Egypt's uprising against Hosni Mubarak and the tumultuous events that followed received an Oscar nomination on Thursday -- but most Egyptians haven't had the chance to see it. “The Square,” Egyptian American director Jehane Noujaim's depiction of the 2011 revolution and its aftermath, has yet to have a public showing in this country, although some Egyptians have watched it on DVD...
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December 15, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Young Egyptian musician Ramy Essam boasts a distinction that few others can claim: a starring turn in a documentary film shortlisted for an Oscar nomination, as well as an arrest warrant hanging over his head. Amid an unprecedented crackdown on protesters from across the political spectrum, Egypt's seemingly unstoppable turmoil is taking a particularly heavy toll on the country's youths. There's 19-year-old Mohamed Reda, shot dead last month during a demonstration at Cairo University.
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December 1, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- Thousands of protesting university students took to the streets of Cairo on Sunday, underscoring the growing role of college campuses as a hotbed of anti-government sentiment. The protesters were denouncing the death of a student in a demonstration last week. The university's administration has blamed police for the killing, one of two Cairo University student deaths in protests last month. Sunday's demonstration began on campus but spilled over into downtown Cairo, with some marchers breaking away and torching a police vehicle.
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November 19, 2013 | By Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO - Twelve people were injured in clashes across Egypt on Tuesday, as protesters gathered to commemorate the second anniversary of deadly street fighting that preceded parliamentary elections following the toppling of longtime autocratic Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. The fighting Tuesday comes at a time when the Egyptian political scene remains deeply polarized between supporters and opponents of the military coup that ousted Mubarak's successor, Islamist Mohammad Morsi. While Morsi won Egypt's first fully democratic election for president, his autocratic style reminded many of Mubarak's, and his ouster was met with wide-scale public support for the Egyptian army.
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November 4, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Netflix has acquired "The Square," an original documentary that chronicles the Egyptian revolution that began with dramatic protests in Tahrir Square in Cairo. The film, from director/producer Jehane Noujaim, won this year's Toronto International Film Festival documentary people's choice award.  It tells the story of the revolution in the eyes of the activists, whose protests led to the 2011 overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak as well as this year's ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.  "We are thrilled to be presenting an amazing film that brings to life in such a deeply human way one of the most important events of our time," said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix's vice president of original programming.
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June 29, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Los Angeles Times CAIRO - President-elect Mohamed Morsi of Egypt joined tens of thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square on Friday to celebrate his victory and keep pressure on the nation's ruling generals to restore the parliament and hand power over to a civilian government. Morsi's appearance in the sweltering square defied the ruling military council and came before his scheduled swearing-in Saturday as the first freely elected president in the country's history. But much of his authority has been curtailed by an army that has seized legislative and executive powers to prevent Islamists from controlling the government.
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February 4, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Here is the morning commute of Emad Mohammed, a soft-spoken 35-year-old accountant: Trudge five miles through the dawn streets. Dodge roving bands of armed regime supporters, who would beat him or worse if they knew where he was headed. Walk across the Kasr-al-Nil bridge, a main artery into central Cairo, as pale morning mist rises from the broad, green river. Step past a line of weary young army conscripts squinting in the morning sun. Stop in front of rolls of barbed wire to dig out his identity card so he can pass into Tahrir Square.
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October 31, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Square" bears witness to history in an articulate, thoughtful and intensely dramatic way. A compelling inside look at the cascading series of revolutions and counter-revolutions that have shaken Egypt since the beginning of 2011, it wouldn't exist except for the passion and determination of filmmaker Jehane Noujaim. An accomplished documentary director whose credits include "Control Room" and "Startup.com," Noujaim was raised in Egypt and the United States, and her family lives 10 minutes from Cairo's Tahrir Square, the film's namesake.
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October 4, 2013 | By Laura King and Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO - Clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood flared Friday near Cairo's Tahrir Square and several other locales, reviving bitter animosities that have simmered in the seven weeks since the army and police killed hundreds of supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. Friday's fighting, reported to have claimed at least one life, could presage larger-scale confrontations on Sunday, when Egypt's powerful military stages self-laudatory commemorations of the 40th anniversary of one of its greatest modern-day battlefield triumphs.
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