In certain places in the world, this weekend was a very crowded one. In Egypt, hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Cairo to show their support for the armed forces, and continued disapproval of ousted president Mohammed Morsi. Thousands of miles away, North Koreans commemorated the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War, staging its largest ever military parade, and presenting an enormous "Arirang" mass games performance. And, on the other side of the world, Pope Francis celebrated mass in Rio de Janeiro before a crowd of over 3 million on the sands of Copacabana Beach. Gathered here are a dozen images from each of these events, a snapshot of people massing together this weekend for very different reasons.
Scenes of huge crowds in Egypt, North Korea, and Brazil. Left: Anti-Morsi protesters chant slogans during a mass protest to support the army in Tahrir square in Cairo, July 26, 2013. Center: Dancers use hoops during an "Arirang" performance at the 150,000-seat Rungnado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, on July 26, 2013. Right: Clergy attend a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on the Copacabana beachfront, in Rio de Janeiro, on July 28, 2013.
(Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany // Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images // AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Part 1: Cairo, Egypt: Anti-Morsi protesters chant slogans during a mass protest to support the army in Tahrir square in Cairo, on July 26, 2013. Many of those Egyptians opposed to ousted President Mohamed Morsi say their admiration for the army has never wavered, and that any anger was always directed at the generals in charge.
(Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
Anti-Morsi demonstrators gather for a mass rally to show support for the army at Tahrir Square in Cairo, on July 26, 2013. At least seven people were killed and hundreds wounded in scattered violence across Egypt during mass rallies on Friday for and against the army's overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, who was placed under investigation for murder.
An aerial picture taken from a military helicopter shows Tahrir Square during an anti-Morsi rally in Cairo, early on July 27, 2013. Mass rallies by supporters and opponents of Mohamed Morsi swept Egypt Friday, as the authorities formally detained the ousted Islamist president accusing him of conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas.
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Part 2: Pyongyang, North Korea: Dancers use hoops during an "Arirang" performance at the 150,000-seat Rungnado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, on July 26, 2013. Arirang performances feature some 100,000 participants to create a "synchronized socialist-realist spectacular in a 90 minute display of gymnastics, dance, acrobatics, and dramatic performance, in a highly politicized package" according to the China-based North Korean travel company Koryo Tours.
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North Korean soldiers stand in formation as they take part in a military parade past Kim Il-Sung square marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean war armistice in Pyongyang, on July 27, 2013. North Korea mounted its largest ever military parade on July 27 to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War, displaying its long-range missiles.
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