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Hotel staff take photojournalists' cameras in Cairo

Photojournalist Ron Haviv spent the day photographing the clashes in and around Tahrir Square in Cairo, working despite many reports of journalist being arrested, or worse, being attacked and having gear smashed by protesters or police. He said he was able to keep working by trying to avoid anyone who looked like an authority figure.

Haviv managed to leave the square safely by traveling in a pack of anti-government protesters, who helped him avoid being singled out by pro-government groups. Pro-government forces have been attacking journalists based on a perception that the media is sympathetic to the anti-government side.

He arrived safely at his hotel, but that’s when trouble began. The hotel staff took his camera gear, and the equipment of other journalists staying in the hotel. The hotel staffers said they were instituting a new policy that does not allow anyone to photograph from the building's balconies.

Despite the challenges, Haviv filed images from today. But will he work tomorrow? It’s not clear when or if he’ll get his gear back.

Ron Haviv / VII

For a moment, opposing protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square stop to talk, embrace and even cry in the midst of violent clashes between pro- and anti-Mubarak groups. But the moment was fleeting. Minutes later, the rock throwing began again.

Ron Haviv / VII

The moment of peace between the opposing sides was fleeting. Soon, someone lobbed another rock and "everything broke loose again," said photojournalist Ron Haviv.

Ron Haviv / VII

Protesters peek through a protective barrier between opposing protest groups. The Army separated the clashing groups for several hours at midday, but then fighing spilled into surrounding streets.

Ron Haviv / VII

Photojournalist Ron Haviv said clashes between opposing protest groups were less violent and numerous on Thursday than the day before. The anti-government protesters gained territory on Wednesday in part because there were fewer pro-Mubarak supporters on the scene.

Ron Haviv / VII

After two days and nights of clashes between government groups who are fighting over the continuing rule by the Hosni Mubarak regime, the streets are littered with rocks from clashes that overnight looked like a "medieval battle" according to photojournalist Ron Haviv.

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