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Photojournalist Ron Haviv arrived in Egypt on Monday to photograph the unrest as anti-government protesters demanded the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. Since his arrival, anti-government protesters have dominated the streets and the headlines. But today, there was a shift with thousands of pro-Mubarak people spilling out into the streets. They were angry that their side of the story was not being heard. Haviv said he saw supporters from all walks of life: professionals, youths and even families. He said the main clashes between opposing protesters were happening in a small area centered around Tahrir Square. While the eyes of the world are trained on what he describes as a "very small bubble," he said it's hard to say how well those on the street represent the much larger population of 80 million people in Egypt. 

Haviv describes how the situation in Egypt compares to other conflicts and unrest he's photographed for years around the world. Watch the Skype interview below to hear how the unrest in Cairo compares to the fall of the Berlin wall or uprisings in Somalia.

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Pro-Mubarak demonstrators ride on camel during a protest in downtown Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday.

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Anti-Mubarak Egyptians hurl stones at opposing protesters in Tahir Square.

Photojournalist Ron Haviv, VII Photo, compares the unrest in Egypt to other famous world events he's covered

As clashes broke out between the opposing protest group, Haviv discovered volunteer doctor and nurses creating a makeshift hospital at a mosque. See images from the scene.