Friday was the third day in a row that people gathered in Cairo and other cities across the country to protest military rule. Similar protests have been happening every Friday since mid-August, reports Cairo bureau chief Abigail Hauslohner. Many of protesters are aligned with the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, supporting ousted president Mohammed Morsi, but others who object to the current leaders have joined.

Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, was deposed in a July 3 military coup. Military commander Abedel Fatah al-Sissi is likely to become the next president in elections due in the spring, and generals have been consolidating both political and economic power.

Hauslohner followed one of Friday's big protests for three hours, as people marched through poor Cairo neighborhoods and were cheered by bystanders and families on balconies. Here's what she saw:




The four-finger salute is a reference to people who died when security forces stormed a protest camp at Rabaa al-Adawiya square in August. "Rabaa" means "fourth" in Arabic.