One Year On: Morsi's Meltdown
In 2011 demonstrators gathered at Cairo's Tahrir Square to protest against the old regime signalling the start of the Arab Spring in Egypt. A few weeks later the Mubarak regime was ousted and there was hope that Egypt was on a path to change. Today, one year into Mohammed Morsi's presidency, the protests continue at Tahrir Square - against the president and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood party. By Andreas Stahl
A woman taking part in the protests holds up a sign that reads: "The Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis have forgotten Allah." Many feel that the party has betrayed its core values.
There is widespread disappointment and a lack of faith in President Morsi and his ruling Muslim Brotherhood. The ongoing protests are putting pressure on him and his government to carry out the reforms they promised.
One of the protesters' key demands and messages for the Muslim Brotherhood is a more secular Egypt. The protests have seen various groups and minorities join forces, one of them are the Christians.
Many of the protesters are young people desperately seeking change and better opportunites. They want access to education and jobs and want to secure a better future for Egypt and themselves.
The protesters are adamant that they won't let their country slide back into Mubarak-era times. "We will never go back to what we were before the revolution. Freedom and democracy is our demand, and we will fight for this forever," says one protester.
Some of the protests can change quickly from peaceful to violent - the combination of adrenalin, tension and anger is a heady mixture. In this protest, from one second to another, many started running toward the police who waited just a few blocks away.
Although TV images notoriously only pick up on the more dramatic events, there is usually a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere at the protests. Friendly, welcoming faces are a common sight while walking side-by-side with the demonstrators.
The women in Cairo were among the first to get involved in the protests a year ago. It's a common sight to see women and men side-by-side taking part in the demonstrations to show their disappointment and anger in the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi.
These youngsters may not yet be fully aware of the fundamental changes that are sweeping across their country and the region. The hope is that one day they will benefit from the actions of the current generation.