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Wherever They Are, We Are
Beirut
By b.yaacoub
19 Jun 2015

The image of the masked protestor, with their fiery eyes and fist in the air is one of the most iconic images in popular culture. This character has become romanticized, demonized, idolized, and oftentimes misunderstood. The upheaval that has taken place around the world, especially in the last four years, has both reinforced and broken this stereotype.

But who are those who take to the streets? Why do they do it? What do they want?

A procession of women in Nigeria, marching together with placards reading “Bring Back Our Girls”, has a considerably different tone than the charged clashes between riot police and anarchists in Greece. A candlelight vigil held by journalists in Lebanon in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo does not have the same risk of deadly violence as villagers and farmers confronting trigger-happy gunmen in Syria. And a group of concerned citizens voicing their discontent with the privatization of a public beach does not have the same high social and political stakes as those trying to overthrow an authoritarian regime.

However, despite vast differences in context and situation, those who take to the streets often share a common drive to stand up for ideas they believe in. For many, there is a common belief that by taking to the streets and making their voices public, they can influence change in their world.

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Male protective chain in Tahrir Square
Cairo, Egypt
By Yasmin Al Tellawy
15 Jul 2013

With sexual assault being spoken off more frequently in Tahrir Square, men have take to protecting women themselves by forming chains around female protesters

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Tahrir Square protesters
Cairo, Egypt
By Yasmin Al Tellawy
14 Jul 2013

Egyptian protesters chant, sing, and dance, in Tahrir Square, Cairo celebrating their victory after ousting former President Muhammed Morsi.

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Protesters in Tahrir Square show thei...
Cairo, Egypt
By Yasmin Al Tellawy
14 Jul 2013

Protesters in Tahrir demonstrate to show their love for Egypt after the ousting of President Morsi on July 14, 2013.

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Female protesters in Tahrir Square
Cairo, Egypt
By Yasmin Al Tellawy
14 Jul 2013

Women demonstrate peacefully in Tahrir Square and share their feelings of safety with male protestors that are dedicated to their protection.

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Muslims & Christians demonstrate toge...
Cairo, Egypt
By Yasmin Al Tellawy
14 Jul 2013

Muslim and Christians show they are together as one against President Morsi as they protest in Tahrir Square

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Protesters in Tahrir Square
Cairo, Egypt
By Yasmin Al Tellawy
14 Jul 2013

Demonstraters in Tahrir Square continue to protest on July 14, after Mohammed Morsi was ousted as president.

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Anti-Morsi protesters in Tahrir Square
Cairo, Egypt
By Yasmin Al Tellawy
14 Jul 2013

Demonstrations continue in Tahrir Square with Morsi ousted from Presidency.

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Tahrir Square, July 3 (2 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Mat Wolf
04 Jul 2013

Crowds cheer on the passing of a military helicopter in Tahrir Square shortly after the Egyptian military's 48-hour ultimatum for President M0hammed Morsi to share power expired on July 3, 2013.

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Tahrir Square, July 3 (6 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Mat Wolf
04 Jul 2013

Crowds in Giza marching to Tahrir Square celebrate the arrival of security forces shortly after the Egyptian military's 48-hour ultimatum for President M0hammed Morsi to share power expired on July 3, 2013.

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Tahrir Square, July 2 (3 of 18)
Cairo, Egypt
By Mat Wolf
03 Jul 2013

A man snaps a photo with his camera phone as the words "Long Live Egypt" are laser projected onto the face of the building behind him during an anti-Morsi rally in Tahrir Square on July 2, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of people calling for the removal of President Mohammed Morsi attended the rally.

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Tahrir Square, July 2 (2 of 18)
Cairo, Egypt
By Mat Wolf
03 Jul 2013

Anti-Morsi crowds pack into Tahrir square to demonstrate for the ouster of the Egyptian President on July 2, 2013.

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Police Helicopter Monitors Ultras Gat...
Cairo, Egypt
By Em. Aly
09 Mar 2013

Police Helicopter video shooting ultras gathering 9\3\2013

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Egyptian demonstrator under fire
Tahrir Square, Cairo , Egypt
By Benoit Le Corre
26 Jan 2013

01/25/2013. Cairo. Night of the second anniversary of the Revolution. Demonstrators tried to force the door of the National TV building, in Maspero, ten minutes from Tahrir, but without success. Demonstrators gave away in front of tear gas.

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Women rescued from Tahrir mob by men ...
Cairo, Egypt
By spisch
26 Jan 2013

Around 9pm on the second anniversary of the Egyptian uprising, a group of men used flamethrowers, knives, and clubs to protect a group of women, including prominent public figure Gameela Ismail, from a mob assault on the edge of Tahrir Square. The men also rescued at least four other women from the mob, one of whom had been stripped naked. The women rescued from the mob were part of the Egyptian Women for Change group and had just led a march into the square.

Among the men protecting the women were members of the Dostour Party and the 'Black Bloc,' who jumped the fence with knives and clubs to come to the women's aid.

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Black Bloc members jump fence to help...
Cairo, Egypt
By spisch
26 Jan 2013

Around 9pm on the second anniversary of the Egyptian uprising, a group of men used flamethrowers, knives, and clubs to protect a group of women, including prominent public figure Gameela Ismail, from a mob assault on the edge of Tahrir Square. The men also rescued at least four other women from the mob, one of whom had been stripped naked. The women rescued from the mob were part of the Egyptian Women for Change group and had just led a march into the square.

Among the men protecting the women were members of the Dostour Party and the 'Black Bloc,' who jumped the fence with knives and clubs to come to the women's aid.

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Gameela Ismail leads chants on second...
Cairo, Egypt
By spisch
26 Jan 2013

Prominent public figure Gameela Ismail leads chants of 'Horreya!' - 'freedom' - during a women's march into Tahrir Square on January 25, 2013 - the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution.

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Woman marches under the Egyptian flag...
Cairo, Egypt
By spisch
26 Jan 2013

A woman with a drum marched under an enormous Egyptian flag in Tahrir Square on January 25, 2013, the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. She beat the drum in time with the chants.

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Women march at Tahrir on the second a...
Cairo, Egypt
By spisch
25 Jan 2013

Egyptian women marched into Tahrir Square on January 25, 2013, the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. Among them was prominent public figure Gameela Ismail.

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Ultras protest in Tahrir for justice
Cairo
By elking.ecw
18 Jan 2013

Hardcore football fans (known as Ultras) of Ahly football club marched on Friday 18th January to call for justice for their fallen comrades who were killed in a post-match riot with the host fans of Al Masry club. More than 70 supporter were killed with many accusations pointed at police for either being involved or not preventing the riot. The protest which was attended by thousands comes a week before the verdict is issued against the ones accused in the riots.

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Clashes continue near American Embassy
Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
14 Sep 2012

CSF troops continue chasing protesters up & down the Corniche from the far side of Tahrir after a wall was built to stop clashes.

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Morsy is president
Tahrir SQ, Cairo, Egypt
By Transterra Egypt
25 Jun 2012

Cairo , Tahrir SQ , June 24, 2012
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsy is Egypt’s next president, the Presidential Elections Commission (PEC) announced on Sunday.

Morsy will be Egypt's first civilian president since the foundation of the modern republic.

Morsy took 51.73 percent of the vote, compared to Ahmed Shafiq's 48.27 percent, Farouq Sultan, the head of the PEC, said. 26.4 million of Egypt's 50.95 million eligible voters cast ballots. Nearly 1 million votes were counted as invalid.

The confirmation of Morsy’s victory comes a week after the run-off vote between Morsy and Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force commander and the last prime minister under deposed President Hosni Mubarak.

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Tahrir is waiting the election results
Mohamed mahmoud st, Tahrir st, Cairo ,Egypt
By Transterra Egypt
25 Jun 2012

Tahrir, cairo , june 24

protesters in Tahrir SQ, are waiting for election results .

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Minutes before the announcement of th...
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
By Eleonora Gatto
24 Jun 2012

The tension was very high a few minutes before the announcement of Morsi's victory.

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Morsi won
tahrir square
By Eleonora Gatto
24 Jun 2012

As soon as Morsi was announced the new Egyptian president, the square exulted. People were crying and embracing each other.

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Women celebrating Morsi's victory
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
By Eleonora Gatto
24 Jun 2012

There were a lot of women in Tahrir. They celebrated at Morsy's victory

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Celebrating Morsi's victory
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
By Eleonora Gatto
24 Jun 2012

As soon as Morsi was announced as the new president, people in Tahrir started celebrating and shouting down the SCAF

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People in Tahrir wait for election re...
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
By Eleonora Gatto
24 Jun 2012

Until Morsi was announced president, people in Tahrir were worried Shafiq might win. The announcement was supposed to happen at 3, but people waited in anticipation to find out who was the winner.

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Waiting under the sun for hours
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
By Eleonora Gatto
24 Jun 2012

The announcement of the new Egyptian president was expected to be at 3, but the announcement didn't come for another hour. Many started gathering in Tahrir hours earlier anticipating results

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Muslim Brotherhood supporters
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
By Eleonora Gatto
24 Jun 2012

Most of Tahrir Square was occupied by the supporters of Morsi

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Hamdeen Sabahi in Tahrir Square
Tahrir Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Jun 2012

Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi with demonstrators in Tahrir after the Mubarak trial verdict was announced.

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Hamdeen Sabahi in Tahrir Square
Tahrir Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Jun 2012

Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi with demonstrators in Tahrir after the Mubarak trial verdict was announced.

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Abdel Fatouh in Tahrir Square
Tahrir Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Jun 2012

Banned presidential candidate Abdel Fatouh with demonstrators in Tahrir after the Mubarak trial verdict was announced.

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Abdel Fatouh in Tahrir Square
Tahrir Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Jun 2012

BannedvPresidential candidate Abdel Fatouh with demonstrators in Tahrir after the Mubarak trial verdict was announced.

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Abdel Fatouh in Tahrir Square
Tahrir Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Jun 2012

Banned presidential candidate Abdel Fatouh with demonstrators in Tahrir after the Mubarak trial verdict was announced.

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Demonstrators Unravel Giant Egyptian ...
Tahrir Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Jun 2012

Demonstrators unravel a giant Egyptian flag after the verdict is delivered in the highly watched Mubarak tria

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Hamdeen Sabahi in Tahrir Square
Tahrir Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Jun 2012

Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi with demonstrators in Tahrir after the Mubarak trial verdict was announced.