After my POV video from the US Embassy clashes in Sept 2012, I've decided to make these regularly. I think it's important to a firsthand look into the dramatic, or sometimes dramatized, moments where 'sellable' news images are created. Also, you can get a feel for highs and lows of what it was like to be there, to correct the all-too-often-exaggerated perception the media often gives.

This video is from 12 October 2012, when critics and supporters of President Morsi (for various issues) chose the same Friday to each have their protests. Needless to say, violence erupted, about 2 hours before the protest's planned start time. Police and military forces did not intervene.

The violence tapered off for prayers, and stayed calmed for awhile after. The rock-throwing began almost instantly after a fight broke out, which I managed to catch at 1:53. It carried on until the evening, when protestors burned two Muslim Brotherhood buses behind the Egyptian Museum. Shortly after, for no specific reason, crowds disappeared, and traffic resumed to normal.

Equipment: GoPro 2 mounted on a Canon DMarkII DSLR, 24-70mm 2.8 lens.

Copyright Amanda Mustard 2012 // amandamustardphoto.com // amandamustard.tumblr.com

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