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Hundreds injured during clashes in Egypt

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A protester shows tear gas cartridges used by riot police during clashes near the Interior Ministry, Feb. 3, in Cairo. The protest follows the deaths of 74 football fans who were killed in clashes between rival fans following the match between al-Masry and al-Alhy in Port Said.

When I saw this photo come across the wire this morning, I found it striking. A little while later, it occurred to me that it reminds me of a famous portrait by Diane Arbus of a little boy holding toy grenades. Of course, this situation is quite different, but I find this image compelling for several reasons. The man is wearing an eye patch -- one of the most common injuries among the Egyptian protesters. The scene behind him shows the chaos and the crowds.  And like the Arbus photo, the subject is looking right at the camera-- making direct contact with the viewer.

During today's clashes, three people were killed, but more than 1,500 were injured.

 

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Protesters suffer from the effects of tear gas inhalation during clashes between protesters and riot police near the interior ministry Feb. 3 in Cairo. The protest follows the deaths of 74 football fans who were killed in clashes between rival fans following the match between al-Masry and al-Alhy in Port Said, Egypt. Three-days of mourning have been announced and marches are scheduled to protest at the lack of protection provided by police who were at the stadium when the violence occurred.

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Egyptians carry a protester wounded during clashes with security forces near the Interior Ministry at a field hospital in downtown Cairo, Feb. 3.

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