Revolution in Cairo

Day-to-Day Jan. 31

Rachel Beth Anderson

Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) #Egypt pro-democracy protesters taking photos with soldiers on Tahrir. Hope they stay friendly. http://twitpic.com/3v8vs1
Lara Setrakian (@LaraABCNews) They've told people to protests in their own neighborhoods if they can't reach Tahrir Square. Barriers & checkpoints around the city. #Jan2

“Your armed forces, who are aware of the legitimacy of your demands and are keen to assume their responsibility in protecting the nation and the citizens, affirms that freedom of expression through peaceful means is guaranteed to everybody.” "Egypt Army Will Not Use Violence Against Citizens" (Reuters)

Jon Jensen (@jonjensen) Update on media blackout in Egypt: Internet outages still widespread. 3g network & SMS texting also down. Mobile calls work for now. #Jan25
benwedeman (@bencnn) Heard in Cairo: "This is lesson to all miserable dictators everywhere: your regimes are as solid as a house of cards. Go now." #Jan28 #Egypt

“I checked with my network of friends in Cairo, and heard about shootings in almost every neighborhood. The assumption is that some attacks are by criminals and looters, but perhaps some as well are by Mubarak's police forces trying to create chaos that will justify a crackdown. There's no proof of that, but it seems to be a plausible guess.” Nicholas Kristof, "Report from Cairo" (The New York Times)

“To the side of him men sweeped the ground and picked up litter, a sight I have witnessed numerous times in Tahrir Square and which never fails to move me; Cairo is a notoriously filthy city and littering is a huge problem; now here was one man picking up tiny bits of paper off the ground - he has reclaimed ownership and now he and the thousands of others sleeping, eating, singing and resisting in the square feel a duty to look after it and surrounding streets in a way the government never did.” Sarah Carr, "Almost Dawn" (Inanities)

“The slogans the protesters are chanting are couplets -- and they are as loud as they are sharp. … The end result is a unique literary tradition whose power is now on full display across Egypt.” Elliott Colla, "The Poetry of Revolt" (Jadaliyya)

Alaa Abd El Fattah (@alaa) note banks can't operate, medicine and food supplies not flowing. yet state tv operational, regime newspapers get distributed #Jan25
Alaa Abd El Fattah (@alaa) neighbourhood watch committees kicked out police from downtown cairo, they are not welcome #Jan25

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Posted Feburary 22, 2011

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