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Egypt on edge: key players, flashpoints, developments

Military government cracks down on pro-Morsi Muslim Brotherhood as elections loom

Last Updated: March 27, 2014

Tahrir Square, July 2013

Egyptians rose up over the course of 18 days in early 2011 and forced the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak. Two and a half years later, the streets were again filled, this time with protesters demanding the exit of his successor, Mohammed Morsi, after a period of economic turbulence and rising crime.

In July 2013, Egypt’s military removed Morsi from power, replacing him with an interim government. Voters have ratified a new constitution and elections are on the horizon, but the military continues to crack down on Islamist protesters and secular liberal dissenters.

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Who's who: Politicians, police and protesters


Zoom: Crowds pack Tahrir Square



Tahrir Square has been the epicentre of both Egypt's 2011 revolution and the protests that ended with the removal of President Mohammed Morsi on July 3.

Hover over the image below to zoom in and take a closer look at the people in the square on the historic day of Morsi's ouster.

Sources: CBC News stories, wire service reports, Egypt's Ministry of the Interior, Financial Times report

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