Photos: Is This Day One of Egypt’s Second Revolution?

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Egypt hasn't seen anything like this. On June 30, citizens from all over the country poured into the streets to protest against President Mohamed Morsy's government. The demonstrations -- which stretched from Cairo to the Nile Delta to southern Egypt -- marked the largest challenge yet to the country's Islamist elite, who have won every election since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

There was one overriding message of the day's protests -- irhal, Arabic for "leave." The demand -- directed at the Egyptian president -- was scrawled across posters, written on cars, and even printed on the signs of vendors hawking street food to the passing demonstrators.

While largely peaceful, the day was not without violence. At least five people were killed in clashes outside the capital, while protesters stormed the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo, throwing Molotov cocktails at the building. Brotherhood supporters fired scattered rounds of birdshot at the protesters from inside the building.

Anti-American sentiment also ran very high, as the protesters blamed the White House for propping up the Islamist government. In addition to attacks on President Barack Obama, demonstrators castigated U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson as an apologist for Morsy. They didn't pull any punches: One sign read, "Old hag go home."


A man selling snacks in Tahrir posts a sign with a message to Morsy: Irhal.


A boy uses the Egyptian flag as a prayer mat in Tahrir Square.


Egyptians file into Tahrir Square from the Qasr el-Nile bridge. As the crowds grew, a popular chant was, "The Egyptian people are not afraid."


The day wasn't all chanting for Morsy's downfall. A short walk from Tahrir, Egyptians took a break from protesting to play a game of soccer. There was a soccer theme to the demonstrations as well: Many of the protesters carried red cards to signal that the president should exit the political playing field.


Many protesters eventually marched from Tahrir Square toward the presidential palace as the sun began to set. This group of protesters carried a poster featuring the main figures of the Muslim Brotherhood. "Egypt is governed by prisoners, traitors, and runaways from justice," it read.


Closer to the presidential palace, the number of flags hung on buildings along main roads increased. Sometimes, Egyptians would add their own message to the flags. This one reads, "Every one of us says, 'Oh, Lord.'"


A veiled Egyptian woman bangs on a drum on the walk toward the palace, chanting for Morsy to "leave, leave."


The crowds grew thick outside of the palace, where protesters set off fireworks and cheered at army helicopters as they flew overhead. It was explicitly hostile territory for Morsy's party: The sign, which echoed a similar one gracing the entrance to Tahrir, reads, "Brothers forbidden from entry."


The protesters repeatedly attacked their opponents as "sheep" blindly following the orders of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership. This Egyptian woman carried a poster decorated with a cartoon sheep that calls on Morsy to leave office.


Even cars were plastered with the political messages of the day. This automobile carried the slogans that have echoed from the 2011 protests through today: bread, freedom, social justice, and human dignity. 

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