Aug. 16 - Security in downtown Cairo is tight ahead of Friday prayers and a planned day of protests called by the Muslim Brotherhood. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
The Egyptian military deployed on Friday to guard "vital installations" in Cairo ahead of protests called by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Mursi. Barbed wire, armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and armed soldiers were seen blocking an entrance to Tahrir Square, next to the Egyptian Museum, as well as side streets in downtown Cairo. At exits to the 6th of October Bridge, APCs and soldiers gradually funnelled through the traffic. Defying criticism from major Western allies, Egypt's army-backed government warned it would turn its guns on anyone who attacked the police or public institutions. At least 623 people died and thousands were wounded on Wednesday when police cleared out two protest camps in Cairo set up to denounce the military overthrow on July 3 of Egypt's first freely elected president, Islamist leader Mohamed Mursi.