Egypt Cracks Down on Protests

Tara Todras-Whitehill / AP Photo

A protester overcome with tear gas inhalation kneels in the middle of the street during clashes with the Egyptian riot police, not seen, near the interior ministry in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. Firing tear gas and rubber bullets, Egyptian riot police on Sunday clashed for a second day with thousands of rock-throwing protesters demanding that the ruling military quickly announce a date to hand over power to an elected government. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

Once the savior of the Egyptian people, the military is now battling against them. At least 24 people have died and more than 1,500 have been injured since Egypt’s military forces began trying to clear Cairo's Tahrir Square of protesters Saturday. The demonstrators are demanding that the military hand over power in their longest continuous protest since they ousted Hosni Mubarak from power in February. Parliamentary elections are one week away from their scheduled date, but the Army retains executive power until a presidential election, which will not come until early 2013.