Tahrir Square protester: 'This is not a coup'

Egyptian jets soar over Tahrir Square. Credit: Reuters

With Egyptian military jets streaming over Egypt's Tahrir Square, some Egyptians have claimed the removal of their democratically-elected president by the army is not a coup.

Ahmed Eid, a 19-year-old business student at Cairo University, said: "A coup? No! This was our new revolution!"

"Our president was very bad. The army are our brothers."

According to educated liberals in the country's capital, Cairo, ending the year-long presidency of Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was worth resorting to the national tradition of military force - even at the risk of the new democracy after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011.