Monday, July 1, 2013

Video: Egyptian army helicopter drops flags over anti-government protests

In one of the more surprising and symbolically powerful moments during Egypt’s mass protests on Sunday against President Mohamed Morsi, military helicopters circling overhead dropped Egyptian national flags on the crowds gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. A video of the moment, embedded above, shows the TV journalist reporting from Tahrir visibly surprised. 

The crowd cheered at what was taken as a show of support. A spokesman for the Egyptian armed forces told Reuters that it was meant only to promote patriotism and not as a show of support for the popular movement, which is calling for Morsi to leave office.

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