Pro-judges demo pics

I've uploaded a bunch of photos of today's events on Flickr. Follow the slide show in order and you'll a story of how today's demos unfolded, although there were bigger ones (and more violence) in Abbassiya and Midan Talaat Harb that I did not see.

Here are a few:

1: Riot police and baltaguia attack protesters on Alfi Bey St.

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2: Police and baltaguia gang up to beat a protester.
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3: Police officer points out protesters to attack for baltaguia and orders them to attack.
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(Baltaguia is a colloquial word for hired thug. They are used by police to beat up people.)

Hopefully more comment later, as I am swamped, but a picture is worth a thousand words.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.