January 25th Revolution Update Thread for 2011-01-30
As the January 25th Revolution continues in Egypt, I am running a new updates thread similar to the one I ran yesterday.
Vital Information Block:
All times listed in posts are GMT +2 for Cairo time.
Telecomix is providing dialup modem service for people in Egypt:
Anyone in Egypt who has access to a analogue phone line and can call France is able to connect to the network using the following phone number:
+33 1 72 89 01 50
Egypt: To bypass government blocking of website names, use numerical IP addresses:
for twitter "188.8.131.52"
for facebook "184.108.40.206"
for google "220.127.116.11"
Alternative Media and Campaign Sites / Facebook Groups:
Al Jazeera | Live blog 30/1 - Egypt protests
Philip Brennan | PhilipBrennan.net | 29 January 2011:
00:18 - Anonymous through Anonops Communications have just released a new communiqué entitled "A Message from Anonymous - 01/29/2011".
01:08 - Al Jazeera English Reports: 19 private planes with businessmen affiliated with the Hosni Mubarak regime have landed in Dubai: http://aje.me/ajelive
01:10 - Al Jazeera English: President Mubarak's two sons, Gamal and Aala, reportedly arrived in London a few hours ago.
01:12 - AnonymousIRC: Egyptians: Please don't loot your own museum, rather get your stuff back from http://www.britishmuseum.org/ (entry is free!).
Editor's Note: While I do not support or condone the looting of any museum, I can see the humour and irony of the above statement by Anonymous...
01:15 - Al Jazeera: reports that workers on the Suez canal may strike until Mubarak steps down > hearsay. Long nights of oppression are always followed by the sunrise of Revolution.
01:18 - Ayman Mohyeldin of Al Jazeera via Twitter: Egyptian prison of 1000 stormed by people trying to free prisoners, high rankng prison guard killed. Shift of mood from celebratory to tense as night fell & absence of security on streets created problem for law & order. [two tweets combined]
01:38 - Al Jazeera English: The Domino effect - Pan-Arab unrest (Interactive Multimedia feature): http://aje.me/fd6qAa
01:43 - Al Jazeera English: We've also released footage from Egypt and Tunisia under the @CreativeCommons license: http://cc.aljazeera.net - Please @ us if you use it.
01:56 - Al Jazeera English: Mubarak names his deputy and new PM: Protests continue as Egyptian president appoints former spy chief as his vice president http://aje.me/f1nDaX
Waseem Wagdi, Egyptian protester. Egyptian Embassy, London. 29.1.11
Waseem Wagdi, an Egyptian living in London talks about recent events in Egypt. Egyptian Embassy, London.
Monster Hat Tip: sternchenproductions
02:20 - Ayman Mohyeldin of Al Jazeera: Egypt neighbourhood watch committees continue protecting streets admid lootings of stores & homes. Heightened state of alert.
02:30 - David Rothscum: BREAKING: Egyptian security officers pose as looters to discourage people from protesting: http://bit.ly/dYeem6
02:52 - Ayman Mohyeldin of Al Jazeera: 6,000 prisoners escape from Abu Zaabel prison...
InfoWars Ireland | CFR’s Foreign Affairs on “Egypt’s Hero”
"...In the Council on Foreign Affairs’ (CFR) publication “Foreign Affairs,” writer Steven Cook describes ElBaradei as “A lawyer and diplomat by training,” and that he “has always played the role of the ultimate international bureaucrat — a somewhat dour technocrat whose ties to his native country seemed purposely tenuous, to allow him to more freely contribute to improving global governance,” in his piece tilted “Is El Baradei Eypt’s Hero?” He goes on to write about ElBaradei’s “National Front for Change” and how the Muslim Brotherhood has signaled support for it..."
02:57 - AnonymousRx | Anonymous: RETWEET: UPDATED: 20 Ways to Circumvent the Egyptians Governments' Internet Block http://pastebin.com/9jJUku77
03:08 - Al Jazeera: Former Minister Mustafa Al Gindi, a former member of Egypt's parliament, from the opposition Wafd political party tells Al Jazeera that Egyptians want democracy and this is the only plausible way forward for the country.
03:10 - Al Jazeera: Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane reports that the United States will have to review its aid policy towards Egypt following the violent protests across the country. Culhane says that there is a sense of excitement among Egyptians in the US who never expected to see the Mubarak government so close to collapse.
03:15 - Salma el Daly: In Alexandria Protesters are roaming the city Chanting "Alexandria go to sleep - we are your sons, we will protect you."
03:16 - uruknet via david rothscum on twitter: RT @BreakingNews Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Jordan organize 10 flights to evacuate their citizens from Egypt - Associated Press.
03:32 - Aaron Cohen via Twitter: Egyptian Christians guarded the Muslims from the police while they prayed on Friday.
03:38 - Michael Rivero via Twitter: The Egyptian Revolution Shows that the Us-Versus-Them Narrative of the War on Terror is False http://bit.ly/h17udQ
03:45 - David Rothscum via Twitter: No Mubarak, no ElBaradei, no Muslim Brotherhood. Secular democratic government, representing áll the people, including minorities.
03:55 - David Rothscum via Twitter: http://twitter.com/samanthaacooper/status/31505630686609409 Best laugh I've had all day.
Editor's Note: Just a little light relief for you all...
Some photos by my friend in New York City, Andrew Tiger Lee, of yesterday's pro-Egyptian Revolution Rally there yesterday:
His entire album can be found here.
04:39 - Press TV | 5,000 escape in Egypt prison break
Thousands of inmates have managed to escape from a prison in western Egypt as thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets.
05:00 - Al Jazeera: Al Jazeera's correspondents in the Americas report from Egypt solidarity protests in Toronto, Canada; Washington, DC; Los Angeles, California; and at the United Nations in New York. Demonstrations also took place in the US city of Chicago, Illinois.
06:18 - Al Jazeera: Al Jazeera's Jane Dutton, reporting from Cairo, said the streets seemed safe, and relatively empty early in the morning.
"...I was able to see a few hundred people or so in the main square, Tahrir Square. The police have just disappeared. Any security at this stage is in the hands of the army. Vigilantes have been taking to the streets to prevent looting - we've been hearing stories of widespread looting across many cities. But at the moment, very very quiet here in Cairo..."
07:09 - Al Jazeera: Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros, reporting from just outside the port city of Suez, says protests are expected to continue there today.
"...The interesting thing will be the dynamic between the military and the civilians. What we were witnessing on Saturday was a cordial atmosphere between the military and the people - the people were bringing them tea and eating and drinking with them inside their tanks.
But as the curfew was being imposed it became a lot more tense. We could see military personnel arresting some of the protesters. It really shows the delicate situation the military is in here..."
07:34 - Anonymous: Gamal Mubarek's residence: 28 Wilton Place, Westminster SW1X 8RL [SRC] http://slink.us?m0
Editor's Note: Now we know where he is, we can make him very unwelcome here. As for my government: You hide Paedophiles in Parliament so it does not surprise me in the least that you hide Gamal Mubarack over here...
08:18 - Al Jazeera: Salma ElTarzi, a protestor in Cairo, tells Al Jazeera by telephone that she and other demonstraters have been subject to "brutal violence" from police.
"...We've been seeing atrocities and what's more important is the withdrawal of police. On the 28th midday, they were brutally bombing us with tear gas, with live bullets. My brother was shot with a shotgun. There was blood everywhere. Suddenly, after all this violence, police started retreating for no apparent reason..."
Despite the violence, ElTarzi said she will be back on the streets today.
"...We will be back on the streets everyday until he (Mubarak) leaves and until we choose who is going to follow..."
09:58 - Egyptian Association for Change - USA الجمعية المصرية للتغيير تظاهرة تونسية دعماً للشعب المصرى Tunisian Solidarity with Egypt:
Monster Hat Tip: Alikhandro2011
10:00 - Al Jazeera: Sunday is the start of the work week in Egypt, but as Al Jazeera's Dan Nolan reports, things in Cairo are "a long way from business as usual".
He says authorities are placing new military roadblocks on Galaa street in Cairo, blocking traffic from going through to the Corniche that runs along the Nile river. "Still a very tense scene with military everywhere," he says.
Later, he reports that witnesses have told Al Jazeera that the military has begun moving in on the streets of the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El Sheikh to protect tourist areas.
"...What makes this so significant is that this is in the Sinai Peninsula. Under the terms of the Camp David accord, a peace treaty signed between Israel and Egypt, there was to be complete restrictions on any military ever entering the Sinai. It was always that the security in the Sinai could only ever be handled by police forces. This would indicate that police are no longer doing their job in the Sinai peninsula..."
10:55 - Al Jazeera: Al Jazeera's correspondent Dan Nolan and web producer Evan Hill say Egyptian state television report that Egyptian authorities have ordered the Al Jazeera Arabic offices in Cairo closed and have suspended its correspondents' accreditations.
11:19 - I am out of bed and will start catching up with events while I have been asleep. Meanwhile I have just heard from the BBC that Al Jazeera's Cairo office is being shut down by the Egyptian "authorities" - this just shows that Al Jazeera were doing the right thing in their constant reporting and live streams - well done guys, you have been real journalists and a credit to our profession.
11:24 - Al Jazeera English via Twitter: Egypt state TV reporting Al Jazeera office in Cairo is to be shut down today. Licenses revoked. http://aje.me/ajelive
11:26 - Ayman Mohyeldin of Al Jazeera via Twitter: Egypt heavier military presence, some roads blocked by tanks. No handshakes between military & people, no citizens sitting on tanks today.
11:27 - Al Jazeera: Al Jazeera's Evan Hill, tweeting from Cairo, says: Several aspects of the apparent government shutdown of AJ remain unclear. We're all waiting now.
11:40 - Al Jazeera issues a statement denouncing the closure of its bureau in Cairo.
"...The Al Jazeera Network strongly denounces and condemns the closure of its bureau in Cairo by the Egyptian government. The Network received notification from the Egyptian authorities this morning."
Al Jazeera has received widespread global acclaim for their coverage on the ground across the length and breadth of Egypt.
An Al Jazeera spokesman said that they would continue their strong coverage regardless:
"Al Jazeera sees this as an act designed to stifle and repress the freedom of reporting by the network and its journalists. In this time of deep turmoil and unrest in Egyptian society it is imperative that voices from all sides be heard; the closing of our bureau by the Egyptian government is aimed at censoring and silencing the voices of the Egyptian people."
"Al Jazeera assures its audiences in Egypt and across the world that it will continue its in-depth and comprehensive reporting on the events unfolding in Egypt. Al Jazeera journalists have brought unparalleled reporting from the ground from across Egypt in the face of great danger and extraordinary circumstances. Al Jazeera Network is appalled at this latest attack by the Egyptian regime to strike at its freedom to report independently on the unprecedented events in Egypt..."
11:48 - Al Jazeera: Turkey announces it is sending two Turkish Airlines planes to Egypt on Sunday to evacuate Turkish citizens, the state-run Anatolian news agency quotes embassy officials in Cairo as saying.
11:49 - Egyptian Association for Change - USA الجمعية المصرية للتغيير Al Jazeera is now confirming that Cairo offices have been shut down! Their license withdrawn! الجزيرة الآن تأكد الخبر عبر قناتها الاخبارية
12:32 - AnonymousRx | Anonymous: PLEASE RT/eMail/Txt to ALL in Egypt: 20 Ways to Circumvent the Egyptians Gov'ts Internet Block http://is.gd/Egypt
Leil-Zahra Mortada on Facebook has produced a photo album entitled "Women of Egypt", showing all the women who are standing up and protesting along side the men. It is quite an awesome collection of images, and is worth going over to view.
12:43 - Al Jazeera English via Twitter: Egypt shuts down Al Jazeera bureau: Network's licences cancelled and accreditation of staff in Cairo withdrawn. http://aje.me/eAa2rx
12:47 - Al Jazeera: Death toll rises. Al Jazeera reports 150 protesters killed since Friday in Egypt's demonstrations.
12:53 - Ayman Mohyeldin of Al Jazeera via Twitter: Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera English have just been taken off air in Egypt.
13:07 - Russia Today via Twitter: Armed gangs free Muslim militants in prison breaks across Egypt, Americans urged to leave.
13:24 - Ayman Mohyeldin of Al Jazeera: Thousands of protesters at Tahrir Square still empowered, confident & remain defiant in demands and chants.
Thousands of protesters in Egypt defied an evening curfew in Cairo on Saturday night, standing their ground in a resounding rejection of President Hosni Mubarak's attempt to hang onto power with promises of reform and a new government. Clashes broke out as police protecting the Interior Ministry near the site opened fire at a funeral procession for a dead protester, possibly because it came too close to the force. Video from the scene showed crowds of protesters running through the streets as tear gas canisters were fired in amongst them. Several young men could later be seen staggering through the streets sporting bloodied wounds. Some of the severely injured were taken to a nearby mosque which was being used as a makeshift medical centre. Cairo appeared to be relatively calm early Sunday as residents reflected after another day and night of protest and political upheaval in the Egyptian capital.
13:35 - Al Jazeera: For more on the closure of the bureau in Cairo, Al Jazeera's producer in the Egyptian capital reports:
"...Just spoke with staffer at the Cairo bureau. While our correspondent and other staff were out, security forces (not army) entered the office and demanded filming permits and press IDs. They were told that all the recently arrived staff hadn't had time to get their paperwork in order and so didn't have any. They ordered our bureau staff to take down the camera doing live shots from the balcony and threatened to take it if we didn't. So now we're just showing 'latest pictures'..."
13:42 - Al Jazeera English: Audio Updates: AlJazeera's @evanchill from Cairo | UPDATE 2 http://bit.ly/hY2tbR
13:47 - Egyptian Association for Change - USA الجمعية المصرية للتغيير Egypt shuts down Al Jazeera bureau english.aljazeera.net Network's licences cancelled and accreditation of staff in Cairo withdrawn by order of information minister.
14:07 - Via We are all Khaled Said: Urgent Breaking news: Interior Minister, Habib AlAdly, who has slaughtered Egyptians, is being evacuated from Ministry HQ in central Cairo with Police opening fire randomly while evacuating him. VERY good News: Hundreds of Egyptian judges are joining protesters in Tahreer square calling on Mubarak to go! Freedom.
Footage from earlier in the revolution, on the 6th of October Bridge. Apologies for terrible audio, but it cannot be helped:
14:37 - We are all Khaled Said: Not sure this is true: --> US TV station (Alhurra) says interior minister Habib AlAdly (the Butcher) & government official and corrupt business man Ahmed Ezz arrested. If it is true, are they using them as scapegoats may be? They are criminals but operated by Mubarak & his son.
14:46 - Al Jazeera English: Egypt protesters in Cairo standoff: Shots fired in capital's central square, as anti-government protests continu... http://aje.me/g9w4Jb
14:50 - We are all Khaled Said: Hypocrites in Action: Alahram national newspaper journalists have issued a statement urging Mubarak to leave!!! Background: AlAhram is government controlled & have always called Egyptians on Facebook as immature stupid kids & ALWAYS sides with Mubarak who appoints the institution head. What a life!?
14:58 - We are all Khaled Said: Protesters in Central Cairo are set now that they will NOT accept anything other than Mubarak resignation. They reject the appointment [of] the head of the Intelligent services as vice president. They call for a unity government that prepares for a countrywide free elections. At least 150 thousand in Tahreer square. Army in cenral Cairo is peaceful & allowing people to protest. Army controlling Interior ministry HQ.
14:58 - Evan Hill of Al Jazeera English: Banks are reportedly staying closed through tomorrow. The site of shops (esp. banks) closed on every street adds to sense of crisis.
15:04 - Al Jazeera English: We continue with our live coverage out of Egypt: http://aje.me/ajelive - Our signal in Egypt is blocked on NileSat.
15:12 - Al Arabiya English: Fourteen bodies have been taken to a Cairo mosque after a mass breakout at Abu Zaabal prison.
15:16 - Al Arabiya English: Omar Suleiman discusses new security plan with Tanatawi and Adli:http://www.alarabiya.net/english
15:20 - Al Arabiya English: Army helicopters hover over Cairo
15:30 - Evan Hill of Al Jazeera English: I will have to leave this office in about half an hour as people head home before curfew. No more tweets after that until tomorrow. But I will be updating everyone via audio reports throughout the night here: http://ow.ly/3MLej Please follow for the latest. By many accounts, some kind of confrontation seems likely tonight, probably in Tahrir Square.
15:43 - unnamed source: Judges are joining demonstrators. Thousands of journalists, workers, and religious leaders are issuing petitions to support the demands of the demonstrators. The opposition, including Muslim Brotherhoos, agreed to form a political committee that representative of all serious opposition and youth, facebook groups, headed by Elbardei, to negotiate with Mubarak on leaving the country and forming transitional government to have new parliament and elected government, and president in 6 months.
15:48 - Evan Hill of Al Jazeera English: Jets just flew low over Cairo. Women looking out from their windows and balconies nearby. Jets just did another fly-by, even lower and louder. Sending a nice signal there. Protesters in Tahrir Square writing “Down with Mubarak” in Arabic in big white letters.
15:56 - Ayman Mohyeldin: 2 Egyptian airforce fighter planes currently flying above crowds at Tahrir Square, defiant chants and roars from protesters. protesters at Tahrir Sq see fighter jets as attempt to intimidate them, waving arms while looking up and chating “Get out!”
15:58 - Dan Nolan: A show of force to intimidate protestors. Doubt it will work, nobody seems to be leaving Tahrir Square.
15:59 - Al Arabiya English: Army reinforcements head to Cairo's Tahrir Square.
16:01 - Evan Hill: These jets keep circling, and they're not getting any softer. Just set a car alarm off.
16:06 - Al Jazeera English audio update:
16:09 - Ayman Mohyeldin: Egyptian fighter jets flying even lower, crowd shouting ‘where is media? this is terrorism!’ & more defiant chants for government to leave!
16:12 - Dan Nolan: A friend tweeting via my phone SMS. All AJE staff are ok. Thanks for all those concerned.
16:19 - Al Arabiya English: Amr Khaled (Egyptian televangelist) says none financing the youth who protect facilities.
16:25 - Gerald Celente: Latest from West and Abatelli, our two Trends Journal men in Egypt. Trying to get out of Cairo and head south, conditions deteriorating.
Many images of the protests here. WARNING: You see people just after they had been shot in these pictures.
16:33 - Al Arabiya English: Egypt defense minister Tantawi visits an army checkpoint in Cairo.
16:34 - Al Arabiya English: Shell evacuates its employees from Egypt.
16:35 - Al Arabiya English: Thousands call for "regime change" in Cairo's Tahrir square.
16:36 - Al Arabiya English: Video of Azhar scholars join protests: http://tinyurl.com/6egju5m
16:38 - Al Jazeera English audio report:
16:38 - Dan Nolan: In Tahrir Square I see a soldier pull a woman,child and Egypt flag on top of his tank. Dancing/waving to chants of 100's of cheering protesters.
16:41 - Evan Hill: I haven't been to Tahrir Square yet today, that footage was filmed from another neighborhood. Going there shortly.
16:42 - Dan Nolan: Despite the screaming jets & choppers overhead the atmosphere down here is still very friendly. For now... One man points to jets & tells me "is Hosni crazy, is he going to bomb us?"
16:44 - Dan Nolan: Fighter jets seem to have stopped now. Had zero effect on dispersing protesters!
16:45 - Evan Hill: The jets have stopped now, and the sun is setting behind an overcast Cairo sky. Heading to Tahrir Square shortly.
16:46 - Ayman Mohyeldin: Helicopter thought to be part of presidential fleet flying very low above crowd at Tahrir Square.
16:48 - Al Arabiya English: Clinton: naming a vice president in Egypt just beginning of reform.
Editor's Note: I do wish that stupid woman would just learn to shut up - it was her government who propped up Mubarack's dictatorship in the first place!
16:50 - Al Jazeera English: Egyptian army has just told the crowd gathering at Tahrir Square that military will not go against the people.
Editor's Note: Woot!!!
16:56 - Dan Nolan: My cameraman @bundymoth doing a stellar job down here capturing these extraordinary images as protestors defy curfew for 3rd day straight.
16:59 - Al Arabiya English: ElBaradei named by protesters to form interim government.
Editor's Note: I really don't like El Baradei as the Council on Foreign Relations and the United Nations have their grubby little mitts on him. Saying that, if they have to have him for the interim government while they set up free and fair elections, well, needs must as the devil drives...
To be updated...
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