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As the resistance in Egypt continues today, these are today’s updates.
Egypt in Tweets:
@alfredoboca: If your government shuts down the internet, shut down your government.
@hasanalikhattak: women expected to take active role in protests today after men spent the night protecting neighborhoods #Egypt #Jan25
@samihtoukan Arab people are not extremist nor terrorists.Our time has come.We deserve democracy and to live with freedom and dignity #jan25 #egypt
@sandmonkey: 5 years ago my beliefs made me a minority opposition, today I am the people #jan25
@chrisalbon: AJE in Egypt is shut down. If there was ever a time for citizen journalism, this is it.
UPD: Dan Nolan updates information on the closure of Al Jazeera on his Twitter.
@sharifkouddous: sitting next to my uncle. He’s been protesting alone on the streets for years. My uncle: “remember when I would stand alone and protest? Now look at everyone here. ”this is a dream come true” #Egypt
@Aljazeera: #Egypt army has just told the crowd gathering at Tahrir Square that military will not go against the people #Jan25 #aljazeera
@rhyssumm there r 100,000s of ppl across egypt. do the math of excluding the too young&too old & add protesters’ families = most egyptians
@AlArabiya_Eng: @ElBaradei heading to Meydan Tahrir (Liberation Square), Cairo to address the crowds. Estimated at over 100,000.
Egypt in news:
UPD: “Muslim Brothers” are nothing like Islamic fundamentalists of Iran or Afghanistan. Egypt will not repeat their destiny”, says El Baradei while being interviewed by CNN. — Agence France-Presse reports that “thousand” prisoners have escaped from Wadi el-Natroun prison today. The exact number is not clear though.
UPD: Thirty-four members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, including seven members of the leadership, walked out of prison on Sunday after relatives of prisoners overcame the guards, a Brotherhood official said. The relatives stormed the prison in Wadi el-Natroun, 120 km (80 miles) northwest of Cairo, and set free several thousand of the inmates, Brotherhood office manager Mohamed Osama told Reuters. No one was hurt, he added.
UPD: 8 HAMAS members have also escaped the Wadi el-Natroun. Two of them, reportedly, are already in Gaza.
The employee of Azerbaijani Embassy in Egypt Nijat Khojayev has been shot dead on his way home from work, confirmed by MFA Azerbaijan. His body will be delivered back to Azerbaijan later today. Azerbaijani government, however, didn’t make any statements on this issue yet. Allah rehmet elesin!
Reuters puts together key elements of the USA-Egyptian relationship, giving brief recent historical overview and publishing the sums of financial aids provided to Egypt by USA in exchange for diplomatic relations with Israel.
Probably the biggest news for today so far, is the shut down of Al Jazeera bureau i Egypt. Their license has been revoked, journalists deprived their accreditations. Channel’s online producer Evan Hill tweets: “State TV announces Al Jazeera’s broadcasting license and press cards are being revoked. Our bureau is packing up. #jan25″. “The team is working on a plan if the shutdown does occur. For obvious reasons, won’t be tweeting the details here. #jan25“, he adds later. Al Jazeera’s UAE correspondent Dan Nolan has also shared channel’s plans: “Don’t worry we’ll still report what’s happening in #Egypt no matter what new restrictions they put on us. #Jan25“.
MSNBC’s slideshow on Egyptian bloggers and their destiny can be found here.
A Facebook collection of pictures named Women of Egypt picturing Egyptian female prostesters.
Another great Facebook collection of January 28 protests by Roberto Pitea.
Totally cool pics from Egypt at Totallycoolpix
Egypt in videos:
An impressive video of an open clash between police and protestants in Egypt on January 28:
Egyptian army cleansing Cairo museum after looters. Reportedly, a group of protesters has built a human chain around the museum, protecting it from looters until the military forces took over:
Al Jazeera’s report from last night. Cairo men organizing neighbourhood security groups to protect their homes and property:
And of course, a hilarious report on Egypt by Jon Stewart’s Daily Show:
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