Millions of Egyptians flooded into the streets on the first anniversary of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi's inauguration on Sunday to demand that he resign in the biggest challenge so far to rule by his Muslim Brotherhood.
Waving national flags and chanting "Get out!” a crowd of nearly 500,000 massed on Cairo's central Tahrir Square and at least seven people were killed in the clashes and some 600 others wounded.
Earlier in the day, hundreds of thousands of anti-Mursi demonstrators packed Tahrir Square and the streets surrounding the presidential palace in the biggest demonstrations since the 2011 uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak.
Here are some of the photos from Cairo’s protest.
Took this picture overlooking Tahrir Square just now! pic.twitter.com/CDR6bkYM92— Aleem Maqbool (@AleemMaqbool) June 30, 2013
Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against him and brotherhood members during a protest at Tahrir square.
A military helicopter flies above Tahrir Square while protesters opposing Mursi shout slogans.
Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mursi attend evening prayers during protest.
Tahir Square in Egypt last night::pic.twitter.com/UMt7Ptv68v— sciencetrader (@sciencetrader) June 30, 2013
The protesters want Mursi to step down, accusing his party of monopolizing power and pushing Islamic law on citizens. But his supporters, who also gathered by the thousands not far from the anti-government demos, say Mursi was elected democratically and has a legitimate right to govern.
Mursi's first year in office has been plagued with opposition calls for his resignation and early elections, although members of his Muslim Brotherhood party appear dug in for the long term.