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The political and the personal: protesters and police face off in Cairo

We are keeping a close eye on the developing situation in Egypt, where Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed El-Baradei is expected to join street protests today.

I was struck by this picture of a face to face confrontation that occurred during yesterday's demonstration in Cairo. For me, the image is powerful because it brings a clash of ideologies down to a personal level. It also provokes a number of questions in my mind. What was the police officer thinking? Might his sympathies be divided? And could any of his friends or relatives be among the protesters?