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Update from Egypt: Via Bloggers



Green Data - January 25

Ok, so because of the demonstrations here in Egypt, apparently the government owned service provider, TEData, decided to block twitter!

3arabawy -  January 26

Cairo streets full of trucks with riot police…Police are pouring petrol in all main squares to light them up during protests…$12 billion wiped off the Egyptian stock market…Can't reach anyone I know in Cairo…I can no longer reach my wife in central Cairo - mobile networks appear down.

Baheyya:Egypt Analysis and Whimsy - January 27

Today in Suez, 29-year-old glass factory worker Mohamed Fahim told a reporter, “It’s our right to choose our government ourselves. We have been living 29 years, my whole life, without being able to choose a president. I’ve grown bald, and Mubarak has stayed Mubarak,” he said, rubbing his bare scalp.

From Cairo, with love - January 27 

My wife is asking me what's my analysis of the demonstrations happening in Egypt these days. I have none. This is not the time for analysis, we'll have plenty of time for that later. This is the time for action, for energy, for capturing the opportunity of changing this country. The revolution has already happened, by the mere fact that thousands of Egyptians went out to the streets. Egypt is being brought back from the dead, and Egyptians are waking up from their chronic coma. Having it started makes a success already, regardless of how it ends.

Egyptian Chronicle - January 27

In 1973 Suez city was under a brutal siege thanks to the Israeli IDF yet the city stood up to the invaders and kicked their asses like never before in an amazing way , now in 2011 the Suez city is yet again under a brutal siege thanks to the Mubarak regime. There are food and medicine shortage in the city thanks to the security siege. There has not been a full list yet or a real count for the victims fallen among the civilians , officially 4 people have been killed in the past 24 hours and dozens were injured. The death toll in the city is now 7. More protesters are detained and actually what it increases the clashes is that the detainees’ families demand their release in front of the Governorate building.

Manal and Alaa's bit bucket - January 28

2:30 a.m.  Among suez martyrs is Mohammed Ibrahim shot by a kartoush in the head. According to front to defend Egypt's protesters and @RamyRaouf death tool in Suez reached 20 protesters. Sabotage of restaurant in Haram confirmed by 4 separate eyewitnesses.

3:00 a.m.  If the government can’t do anything but cut all internet & communication lines then we are already winning. Courage my friends.

3:20 a.m.  Roughly 350 muslim brotherhood members arrested in Cairo including key leader Issam El Eryan.

3:50 a.m.  Also news of massive reinforcement of riot police heading to Suez. Suez has been under siege, resisting for three days now.

4:30 a.m.  Great news, blackout not affecting morale in cairo, veteran activists from 60s and 70s giving advice on how to do things predigital. To clarify internet and sms blackout not intended to seal egypt and block news intention is to cripple ability to coordinate protests.

4:55 a.m.  Hey big websites why don't you publish graphs and reports of traffic from egypt, document the blackout #Jan25 or do we have to be china?

DaliaZiada -  January 28

By autumn 2011, we will be having presidential elections. Some claim that it would be the last in Mubarak’s life and his son, Gamal, may make it to his father’s office in case Mubarak Senior refused to run for re-election. I disagree with those who claim that they can remove Mubarak, simply because there is no real alternative from among opposition. potential competitors like the socialist Hamdeen Sabahi and the Brotherhood are too weak and unpopular to get any votes in the presidential elections; that is of course if we assumed that it would be fair elections. The painful experience of the fraudulent parliamentary elections last month makes it almost impossible for us to believe that the presidential elections might be any better.

Egypt Blog Review -  January 29

An Egyptian emergency court sentenced five Muslim Brotherhood members to prison on Saturday on charges of money laundering and funding an illegal group. The Supreme State Criminal Security Court sentenced Ossama Mohamed Suleiman, the only one of the five in police custody, to three years in jail. The rest, including one Saudi national, were convicted to five to eight years in absentia. The ruling cannot be appealed.

Egyption Blogs Aggregator - January 29

Yesterday was a very long day for me, I was up from 7 am trying to get as much news as possible.  Egypt being under total lock down communication wise, I had to rely on AlJazeera and tweets.  Aljazeera Mubasher was shut down and Aljazeera and AlJazeera English were doing live broadcasts all day.  There was nothing else to do but follow the news and retweet and tweet about it.

fadfadation - January 29

What do the Egyptians want? Here are the main reasons Egyptians of all ranks flooded the streets (no specific order):

1- Unemployment, and low quality education(official numbers for unemployment are at 10-12%, actual are thought to be much higher);

2- Corruption (simple example: I have to pay bribes to get my "legitimate" papers signed at any government location, and i have to hold my breath when dealing with a police officer or h might abuse or imprison me if he had a personal issue with me) ;

3- Emergency law (lasted for 30 years now, for xample no more than 5 people can gather in a place, police can arrest me without an charge just for suspision);

4- High Prices;

5- Incompetent government;

6- Police brutality;

7- Freeing political detainees;

8- Respecting and applying courts/court rulings (usually overlooked by police if well connected people were involved)p

9- Mubarak’s Resignation, and blocking the ascend of his son into his place;

10- Desolving the Parliment (since it the recently elected Parliment came via a rigid election).

11- Rich getting richer, and poor getting poorer.

The Arabist - January 29

A lot of reports of looting and attacks on civilians by mobs.  The Carrefour supermarket in Maadi is burning and looters have been shot by the army.  Tonight might be dangerous in areas.  Again, that being said, the vast, vast majority of protestors are peaceful people, mostly middle class, and they are showing great solidarity.  People are defending the Egyptian Museum.  Volunteers are cleaning the streets and helping firemen.  There is a great sense of civic duty out there, and great sadness at the looting and crime (which is mostly blamed on police and baltaguia).  There is an unconfirmed rumor that police are expected back within the hour, and the curfew has been moved to 4pm.  I will probably not have internet access after this.