Friday, January 28, 2011

ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS IN EGYPT: SOCIAL REVOLUTIONS BEGIN IN N. AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST

link to WikiLeaks Egypt Cables




This picture from Al Jazeera's "Egypt protests in social media" blog - originally from Twitter, via @Abo_Mazen (Abdul Rahman) posted January 25, 2011.


following the January 28 story through AL JAZEERA:
Al Jazeera English live news broadcast - I highly recommend tuning in to their coverage.

SUMMARY

Protesters are described as:
- demanding President Mubarak step down after 30 year reign
- angered over unemployment, corruption and poverty
- inspired by the recent downfall of Tunisia's president Ben Ali

There is no definitive leader of protest -- people speak in a loud and unified voice.


Photo by Goran Tomasevic/REUTERS

"Riot police clash with protesters in Cairo January 26, 2011. Thousands of Egyptians defied a ban on protests by returning to Egypt's streets on Wednesday and calling for President Hosni Mubarak to leave office, and some scuffled with police."

Picture and Caption from "the Egypt Protests" on TotallyCoolPix.com
(An informative collection of photos from Reuters)


- Police "seem to be absent" from streets of Cairo, Alexandria; presence of Army in street being celebrated by protesters - people hope Army will protect them from police.

- NDP headquarters on fire.

Clinton: "The Egyptian government needs to understand that violence will not make these grievances go away."

Protest cry: "DON'T STAY HERE MUBARAK"

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INTERNET CENSORSHIP IN EGYPT


Listening to an interview on Al Jazeera, the discussion about Egyptian government having shut down the Internet in much or all of the country directed focus to social media websites. While some assert that the youth of Egypt are not the same youth of Facebook, this was disputed with the following argument: it is said the youth of Egypt IS the youth of Facebook because Facebook and social media sites allow them freedom of speech and expression that they don't have in the streets of Egypt.

From Al Jazeera's Liveblog:

1.28.11
7:46 pm [EGYPT] 12:46 p.m. EST - Internet in Egypt, as far as we can tell, has now been disabled for a full 24 hours. Arbor Networks, which has been monitoring traffic in and out of the country over 80 service providers, has released an updated graphic.



Photo taken from Al Jazeera's Egypt Protests Liveblog



Al Jazeera follows protests through social media here.


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US coverage, CNN: EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT "UNPLUGS" INTERNET IN PARTS OF COUNTRY


"Outside experts and people living in the country say the government has coordinated a blockage of certain communications websites and unplugged internet access entirely to parts of the country."


CONSIDER ALSO PROTESTS IN:

TUNISIA
LEBANON
YEMEN
JORDAN
ALBANIA
ALGERIA
LIBYA

Global Post has a series briefly detailing the the leader, the "gripe", the protests, the timing and the stakes at risk for each country. Great resource linking the unrest across boarders. Stories by Jon Jensen.

Click a country's name for more about uprisings there.
Here is Global Post's page for Egypt.

Online activism fuels Egypt protest by Fatma Naib for Al Jazeera


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