Revolution in Cairo

Day-to-Day Jan. 25

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Wael Ghonim (@Ghonim) We are heading to tahrir square now chanting bread, freedom and dignity
Dima_Khatib Dima Khatib أنا ديمة (@Dima Khatib أنا ديمة) El Baradei: this is the beginning of an uprising, I will be going back to Egypt soon. On Al Jazeera English now #egypt #jan25

"As I'm writing, there are tens of thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square, chanting against Mubarak. The demonstrators are trying to storm the parliament, only to be met with tear gas and water cannons. There are dozens who are injured. Twitter and Bambuser are blocked by the government. We are using proxies now to Tweet. The protesters are chanting the same slogans as the Tunisians: الشعب يريد إسقاط الحكومة! The people want to overthrow the govt!"Hossam el-Hamalawy, "Protestors Take Over Tahrir Square" (3arabawy)

Gordon Reynolds (@gordon_reynolds) Dictating via IM. Twitter blocked. Small groups of protesters throughout Cairo centralize in to mass of thousands in Tahrir Square.
Gigi Ibrahim جييييج (@Gsquare86) OMG Twitter is back!! Thank god ! The situation in Tahrir is beyond amazing eveeryone should head there #jan25

"The group publicly called for protests at those sites for Jan. 25, a national holiday celebrating the country's widely reviled police force. They announced the sites of the demonstrations on the Internet and called for protests to begin at each one after prayers at about 2 p.m. But that wasn't all. 'The 21st site, no one knew about,' Mr. Kamel said."Charles Levinson and Margaret Coker "The Secret Rally That Sparked an Uprising" (The Wall Street Journal)

VideoJan. 25 Egypt - Tahrir Square - Down Town

"When I arrived [home], the Twitter hash #jan25 lit up. Someone said that earlier tweets had been deliberately planted as decoys to mislead authorities. Now, in dozens of real locations throughout the city, protesters had begun to mobilize. I ran out the door and took the subway back to Tahrir Square."Gordon Reynolds, "Tonight in Cairo, The Parliament is Surrounded" (The Awl)

"There was a reason the protesters launched their movement on 25 January: it was the day on which in 1952 British troops massacred police officers in Ismailiya, a town midway along the Suez Canal. In the Mubarak era, it was known as Police Day and celebrated by marches and demonstrations on the part of the Ministry of Interior's finest: its highlight in Cairo was a speedboat procession on the Nile."Issandr El Amrani, "Why Tunis? Why Cairo?" (London Review of Books)

Shadi Hamid (@shadihamid) We didn't expect Tunisia to fall & it did. We didn't expect 10s of thousands of Egyptians to protest & they did.All bets are off #Jan25
Ian Lee (@ianinegypt) Wow, downtown Cairo is on lock down. Riot police are everywhere, guarding every street. Will today be battle on the Nile? #egypt
Adam Makary (@adamakary) Tahrir - they must have shot at least 50 canons of tear gas then water canon then bullets, absolute mayhem, a day #egypt will never forget
Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) Giant Mubarak poster torn down in Alexandria http://bit.ly/fYfUj7

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Posted Feburary 22, 2011

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