There is a jarring disconnect between what the protests in Egypt look like on the news and what they look like on Instagram and Tumblr. It makes sense that reporters would go to where the violence is — three were reportedly shot and killed during pro-Morsi protests on Friday — while college kids with iPhones might stay on the less tumultuous edges. But sifting through Egyptians' photos on social media can offer a fascinating and different view of what the protests and the coup feel like from the perspectives of young moderates, Morsi supporters, jihadists, and propagandists. Here are some of Cairo photos getting passed around different networks now.
This video, tweeted by Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal, shows a wounded man lying on the street outside the Republican Guard headquarters. He's just lying there as the car goes by, with no one helping him. The Associated Press reports that he was shot and killed.
Pro-Mohammed Morsi protesters demonstrated outside the Republican Guard because of rumors Morsi was being held there.
Kouddous tweets this photo of BBC reporter Jeremy Bowen getting patched up after being hit with birdshot.
"Big forces against each other in #egypt. If can't channel this into political action not street conflict it is a recipe for more bloodshed," Bowen tweets. Bowen says one protester is dead, though it's not clear it's the same person as the wounded man in the video. With respect to his own injuries, Bowen says he's "fine."