Nationwide protests broke out in Egypt on Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011.
The protesters, mostly young people, began to walk to the Tahrir Square in central Cairo around midday Tuesday, shouting anti-government slogans, amid a heavy riot police presence.
Unemployment, high food prices and poverty are believed to be some of the reasons behind the protests, which were inspired by the recent happenings in Tunisia.
A few days ahead of the unrest, several self-immolation cases took place which were also believed to be attempts to instigate protests against the government.
The demonstration, started peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, turned into violence in the following days.