Tahrir Square, Redux

While the revolution may have faded from the front pages of newspapers around the world (at least until fresh violence erupts) protests still occur most Fridays.

Last week, the Muslim Brotherhood begrudgingly admitted that members of its group clashed with those opposed to their rule on the side streets of Tahrir Square. This marked the first serious violence related to government protests since last summer.

They say that revolutions can make for strange bedfellows. Yesterday, members of liberal parties, socialist (Nasserist) and communist parties, as well as Shia Muslims and Coptic Christians all attended rallies against President Mohamed Morsi's rule, and the perceived dominance of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In the end minor scuffles punctuated what was a fairly tame affair. 

Some people have a face for the radio. This guy has a face for protests.

Some people have a face for the radio. This guy has a face for protests.

Many minority Coptic Christians feel they've lost the protection from the government they were previously afforded.

Many minority Coptic Christians feel they've lost the protection from the government they were previously afforded.

This picture only makes it onto 'Field Notes' because of how many attempt it took for them to actually light the flag on fire.

This picture only makes it onto 'Field Notes' because of how many attempt it took for them to actually light the flag on fire.

This kid was even worse at lighting anything on fire, and that's saying a lot.

This kid was even worse at lighting anything on fire, and that's saying a lot.

This ended up being the general vibe of the gatherings as the sun set, contra any 'conflict-esque- photos that may have made the news.

This ended up being the general vibe of the gatherings as the sun set, contra any 'conflict-esque- photos that may have made the news.