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Egypt: Ongoing protests against Mubarak’s government in Cairo, Suez, Alexandria, number of killed protesters rises. Updates January 26th-Feb4th 2011 (including Internet cutoff, press rights breach, Mubarak’s sons seem to finally have arrived in london (29th) and +++EIL+++ AlJazeera reporters arrested (Jan31st)

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[wn030] Egypt: Ongoing protests in Cairo and Suez, next killed protesters reported. Jan26 2011, a follow-up to our coverage yesterday.

In order to allow for a faster reporting and communication, we decided on Jan 26th to turn to storify for our today’s report. Please click here for Jan26th. Following days linked a few lines below.


The voices you’ll see after the click belong partly to reporters from CNN and BBC, to media (AlJazeera, [English edition], democracy NOW!), media content mediators like demotix, news agencies incl. AP and  Reuters, and – above all – to Egyptian citizens.

Update. it’s past midnight now. we close the reporting for jan26th. The red link above will now – due to the amount of attached voices – take a while to open. A screenshot of this page, opening quite fast, is available here. You can check it out and if you think the links there might be worth opening the page in spite of the loading time, you can still take the red link above.

For Jan 27th updates, click here. (Closed, it’s midnight 27th->28th. Click here for a quickly opening screenshot, the first link will open a larger file with working links.)

For Jan 28th updates, click here (Egypt cuts off internet, SMS, mobile. full blackout, according to analysis “unprecedented in Internet history”, Friday protests, replies to Mubarak’s late night speech.) (closed, it’s midnight 28th->29th. click here for a quickly opening screenshot, the first link will open a larger file with working links.) (ps you can really click the screen snapshot link, we repaired it now.)

for Jan 29th updates, click here. (Ongoing protests, +++EIL+++ Mubarak’s sons seem to finally have arrived in London – rumours about “flight” spread in media since 25th. this time, it seems these news are for real.)

For our Jan 30th 2011 update, please click here. (AlJazeera shutdown)

Jan 31st updates are here (AlJazeera reporters arrested, after release: their equipment still seized. SPIEGEL: AlJazeera bittet blogger um Hilfe)

Feb 1st updates: here (news agency Associated Press knees down in front of the Egyptian despote [see updates 16.00-17.00], the March of Millions, reactions to Mubarak’s speech)

Feb 2nd updates: click here.

For the Feb3rd updates, click here.

Feb 4th updates are here.

Feb 5th updates are here.

Feb 11th. done. Mubarak is gone. It took the Egyptians 18 days to force him to finally step down. Deep congrats – –


Here below a video we’ve chosen for this page.

NancyAngela helped us and provided us with a written version of the voices you hear in the video:

“First man  (Corrected his grammar a bit): ‘It’s very bad for my government. I don’t have food, I don’t have anything, Me and my my children we will die today. Second: We will not be silenced, whether you are Muslim or Christian or Atheist, you will demand your God damn rights. We will have more (our) rights, we will never be silenced – 3rd: There this terrorism for you. 4th:this is my blood.”

A telephone number that needs spreading around:

(sent by: Dima_Khatib Dima Khatib أنا ديمة , retweeting  @VoiceofEgypt25 )

Hotline numbers for legal aid and requesting: 0193150442- 0163447782- 0107030030- 0120624003 #Egypt #Jan25
Since Wednesday, a large number of blogs, facebook- and twitteraccounts are calling for mass protest on Friday. Here an example of a call for protest poster, it reached us on Thursday:
Call for Friday protest poster

Call for Friday protest poster



Feb 4th 2011:

"business as usual"

cairo 4th 2011

“Talking on phone, waving flag, maintaining balance. Business as usual in Tahrir” (Cairo)




The protesters’ 7 demands: (translation below picture)

7 demands

7 demands

Translation – The 7 Demands of The Tahrir square Protestors: (source of translation)

1. Resignation of the president

2. End of the Emergency State

3.Dissolution of The People’s Assembly and Shora Council

4. Formation of a national transitional government

5.An elected Parliament that will ammend the Constitution to allow for presidential elections

6. Immediate prosecution for those responsible of the deaths of the revolution’s martyrs

7. Immediate prosecution of the corrupters and those who robbed the country of its wealth.


Here’s another shot of this huge banner (sharper and better overall quality, worth a click).

The 2 spreadsheets (1st for missing persons, 2nd for death toll) are here: spreadsheet missing personsspreadsheet death toll

feb 11th: Mubarak finally steps down. time to rethink how this all actually worked. without the people on the streets nothing would have happened, but the need of access to social media and their important role in this revolution is not questioned anymore. here a nice infographic about the network of twitter accounts involved in spreading news from Egypt:

egypt news twitter accounts network

egypt news twitter accounts network


Written by wn030

January 26, 2011 at 8:45 pm

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  1. teeater

    January 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm

  2. updates repost (manalaa / alaa via weddady)

    alaa noted better not to link, server might not like it.
    alright, then.

    we are taking updates in english language only

    -copy start- Fri, 2011/01/28 Manal – our chronology: top-down on this page.

    2:00 a.m. (wn030 note: time zone source, unknown yet, but probably gmt+2)

    disturbing news news from egypt. riot police withdrawing from many posts. witnesses saw police spilling gasoline on cars downtown. this means there are plans for staged sabotage and then there will mass arrests and protesters (probably brotherhood) will be blamed. others already witnessed sabotage police stopped trying to control omraneya protest earlier tonight went and vandalized restaurent in haram. this news brought by @MaleK mostafa, nadim abd allah and mohammed fawzi all trusted sources. human rights activists heading downtown now to confirm reports of planned sabotage.

    2:30 a.m.

    from sources in (telecommunication company, ed. by wn030) at least one mobile provider confirms receiving orders to cut off service soon, blackout may last till friday evening. among suez martyrs is Mohammed Ibrahim shot by a kartoush in the head.
    according to front to defent egypt’s protesters and @RamyRaouf death tool in suez reached 20 protesters. sabotage of restaurant in haram confirmed by 4 seperate eyewitnesses.
    activists could not see or small gasoline in reported spots. however riot police and all cops disappeared, downtown is earily empty. so we are still on alert for planned sabotage campaign.

    3:00 a.m. (visible at 2:10 gmt+1)

    Eyewitness: downtown Cairo emptied of all its police even traffic cops. Context: yesterday riot police were on virtually every street. … head to egyptian embassies, protest in solidarity tomorrow. egyptians will be out in streets under complete blackout 27 died already (at 2:30 above there were 20 reported, source for this new number unknown yet, ed. by wn030).

    — while waiting for next updates there —

    wn030: 2:40gmt+1 (3:40gmt+2)
    HuffPo posts: UPDATE: (7:45 p.m. ET) Independent media organization Global Voices just posted a report on Egypt’s “Internet black hole” and notes it will attempt to file future reports from Egypt via phone calls and other communication methods. – Global Voices is linked directly on the HuffPo updates page.

    weiter geht’s auf dieser seite.

    live-updates gibt’s aber auch hier (guardian) und hier (EA WorldView).


    January 28, 2011 at 1:07 am

  3. friday day of anger report, containing the pictures used for the video in teh main page above. re “violent” day of anger (title of this video): ideed. you can’t call the police’s behavious differently.


    January 29, 2011 at 7:40 pm

  4. arrived in the middle of the night 30.->31.1.2011

    urgent message to human rights and medical organizations. (zumindest Rotes Kreuz Österreich und Rotes Kreuz Sachsen haben Erhalt des Links zum Video bestätigt. Erwarten action von dort. Es wurden weitere angeschrieben, Bestätigung des Erhalts von anderen noch nicht angekommen.)

    Hier ist die Nachricht:


    January 31, 2011 at 7:41 pm

  5. teeater

    February 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm

  6. translation via Adam:

    ‘Alaa Mubarak, who demands royalties on every business he commissions, And they say he repented but he’s stuffing his face with meat (kebab), Guess It’s his daddy’s money. Money does what it wants, While people became dirty poor, No to Mubarak No to Sulieman, To hell with tyranny. We want a civil state, Not for sect or religious ideology (x2), Not for sects or for bandits!’”



    February 2, 2011 at 11:56 am

  7. teeater

    February 4, 2011 at 12:55 am

  8. feb 3rd:


    February 4, 2011 at 11:39 am

  9. night 3rd->4th (foreign journalists targeted)


    February 4, 2011 at 11:40 am

  10. teeater

    February 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm

  11. teeater

    February 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm

  12. recommended read:
    Friday 4 February 2011 19.01 GMT – by: Pratap Chatterjee (
    Egypt’s military-industrial complex
    With US-made tear gas canisters fired on protesters in Cairo, Washington’s role in arming Egypt is under the spotlight


    February 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm

  13. green laser / targeting with gunfire


    February 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm

  14. re-post of the video you see embedded in our article page above. it was reposted after youtube banned it, now it starts with a message from anonymous.


    February 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm

  15. – while in egypt female activist and protests participants are asking why ghonim forgot to spread information in time about their meeting with the military in order to assure participation of female protestors, while discussions about next steps are ongoing, while Yemen and Algeria experience a quick and violent crack down of their protests, Iran is starting to move again.

    this might be a good moment to remind of a video that was uploaded in 2009, but still worth a click:


    February 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm

  16. Zenga-Zenga, “no-chick-version” (if you wanna the link to the hot chick-version, email us ;-] (btw there is some background about this link in a newspaper article, you’ll find it if you read carefully this directly linked paragraph of a page here, you’ll find the direct link to the newspaper only if you read there – carefully. it’s linked in the part “aha. ok, then – let’s dance…”) – the newspaper article there (now btw it’s 2 of them, both not that small and not that uninteresting media) are both in german language – but you know how to read them in spite of that, we’re sure :-]


    February 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

  17. starting 0:09 after the donation ad: interview with the professor of iranian studies at columbia university, Hamid Dabashi (interivew itself starting 1:27) about the American idea of a foreign intervention in Libya:


    March 5, 2011 at 6:42 am

  18. time for a short sum up and a look at a poor country in the Western hemisphere. A country with a pityful minimum hourly rate of around 7 bucks (that’s 5 EUR), a country with no free education, a country under ongoing threat of a terrorist group (called the rifle club), a country suffering from the repression by a fundamentalisic religious group (called “catholics”).

    We just get the news, people in America finally start rising up:


    September 21, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    • side note: while Robert Foster in Rap News 7 above refers to March 2011 in Wisconsin, there can be some recent movement observed in the United States:

      (you can find our storify tweetsampler on #OccupyWallStreet here)


      September 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm

  19. update 2012


    January 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm

  20. teeater

    January 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm

  21. teeater

    January 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm

  22. teeater

    January 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

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