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Egypt: Times photographer’s firsthand account of Cairo clashes

Times photographer Michael Robinson Chavez recounts his experiences covering the bloody clashes as thousands of supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak attacked anti-government protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Wednesday.


  1. February 2, 2011, 5:35 pm

    Incredible photojournalism despite the dangers. I look forward to further photo reporting yet am also concerned for Mr. Chavez's safety. He and Carolyn Cole are excellent at their craft and a huge asset to the LA Times.

    By: John Garo
  2. February 2, 2011, 6:02 pm

    Thanks for the great photos! I know it must be tough but you are an extremely talented photographer. Keep up the great work!

    By: vivalaluz
  3. February 2, 2011, 6:04 pm

    No doubt many of the pro Mubarak supporters were from the police and other security forces.

  4. February 2, 2011, 6:23 pm

    Heartbreaking photo's but a wonderful job at putting a face on these happenings.
    As someone who has studied Egypts past, I am greatfull for the love most of the Egyptian people feel for their past, which has never been more aparent than when civilians protected the Cario museum. I wonder how many people in this country would do the same? After all the artifacts in these museums and the monuments, tombs-every part of Egypts past is the worlds past too and we should all protect that!

    By: ancientfoods
  5. February 4, 2011, 2:35 pm

    […] Egypt: Times photographer’s firsthand account of Cairo clashes […]

  6. February 4, 2011, 9:25 pm

    Excellent work Mr Chavez. When I covered riots in LA and San Francisco we had to watch each others backs, were beaten by police in the name of order, still got the story on the air which is why the world is watching what you do. Consider your safety and that of your colleagues to be a priority so we will have a light on the events and the future. thanks.

    By: stevenlentz
  7. March 2, 2011, 1:53 am

    […] More images of the uprising in the Middle East and North Africa from Robinson Chavez, and Times photojournalists Rick Loomis,  Carolyn Cole and Luis Sinco, can be viewed here.  An audio slideshow by Robinson Chavez recounting the violent clashes in Cairo is available here. […]

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