Morsi Out, Egypt Errupts (PHOTOS)
After he failed to meet their deadline for quelling the constitutional crisis unfolding across the country, the Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsi from power on July 3 and installed an interim head of state. As they had done for the past few weeks, Egyptians took the to streets in anticipation and protest.
After weeks of protests, Egyptian President
Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military after failing to heed an ultimatum calling for reconciliation with his political opponents. Demonstrators in Tahrir Square in Cairo react on July 3 after the armed forces suspended the constitution and appointed the chief of the constitutional court as the interim head of state.
Fireworks light the sky moments after Egypt's military chief
announced that Morsi had been replaced.
Morsi opponents celebrate his ouster by lighting flares and waving national flags. At the same time, the military was deploying troops and armor to lock down the city and protect key government facilities.
Egyptian opposition protesters take part in a demonstration at the presidential palace as the military's
deadline for a resolution approaches. The unrest across the country lead to at least 23 deaths in Cairo and more than 200 injuries.
Morsi supporters beat a member of the opposition during a July 3 rally in the northern port city of Damietta.
protesters calling for Morsi to step down gather in Tahrir Square on July 3. Morsi and his top aides denounced the ultimatum, calling it a "military coup." They argued that the president should not resign because he was fairly and transparently elected.
An opposition protester in Damietta holds a chair and knife during a clash with Morsi supporters on July 3.
A member of the Egyptian police special forces stands guard beside an armored vehicle. He is protecting a bridge between Tahrir Square and Cairo University, where Muslim Brotherhood supporters began gathering.
Egyptian soldiers hold back protesters to stem the violence between Morsi supporters and opponents near Cairo University on July 3. The army deployed dozens of armored vehicles near where Morsi supporters were gathered.
As the military's deadline passed, thousands of Egyptian protesters celebrated in Tahrir Square. Morsi gave a defiant speech the night before, vowing to stay in power as Egypt's legitimate leader.