Revolution in Cairo

Day-to-Day Feb. 3

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“This is a losing battle and they have all the weapons, but we will continue fighting until we can't. I am heading to Tahrir right now with supplies for the hundreds injured, knowing that today the attacks will intensify, because they can't allow us to stay there come Friday, which is supposed to be the game changer. We are bringing everybody out, and we will refuse to be anything else than peaceful.” Sandmonkey, "Egypt, right now!" (Rantings of a Sandmonkey)

“We've compiled a list of all the journalists who have been in some way threatened, attacked or detained while reporting in Egypt.” World News Tonight With Diane Sawyer, ABC News

Rachel Beth Anderson

@ishta_dreams Cameras & phones disappearing from journo hotel rooms in the Semiramis hotel! We're locked inside by staff who says its orders from outside.
BBC Global News (@BBCWorld) Egyptian security seize BBC equipment at Cairo Hilton in attempt to stop us broadcasting #Egypt

“Mubarak's actions should not have come as a surprise. His strategy was obvious from the start: to try to buy time until the protest fever broke, by offering a variety of token concessions, seeking to divide the opposition by co-opting political party leaders, playing on Western fears of Islamists, stoking nationalist resentments against foreign interference, carefully protecting his relations with the military leadership, and cashing in on decades of good relations with international leaders.” Marc Lynch, "Egypt's Endgame" (Foreign Policy)

“Why do I want Mubarak to step down? Among the so many reasons I remember a very good one : Salam 98 Ferry. 1000 Egyptian drowned in the cold red sea from 5 years ago , 1000 Egyptian drowned due to corruption , due to greed , due to neglect in one Egypt's worst catastrophes.” Zeinobia, "Why I Am Against Mubarak: Salaam 98 Ferry" (Egyptian Chronicles)

Sultan Al Qassemi (@SultanAlQassemi) Al Arabiya from medical sources on the ground: more than ten deaths & 1500 injured in attack on protesters in Meydan Tahrir
Sharif Kouddous (@sharifkouddous) Hundreds of people are sleeping next to each other in the grassy area in the middle of the square. Packed together close. #Egypt

“A policeman looked me in the eye and said: 'You will be lynched today,' running his finger across his neck. Others spat on us. They hit the two men in our group in the face through the broken windows, scratching Mahmoud and punching my other male friend. Someone pulled my hair from the back.” Maram Mazen, "You Will Be Lynched Egyptian Policeman Tells Reporter" (Bloomberg)

“… the man roared with delight at seeing my foreign passport and began flipping through it, his eyes drawn first to the stamps with Arabic script. He called over others, and within seconds at least a dozen men in plain clothes surrounded me, two locking my arms behind my back…” Graeme Wood, "Why I Was Dragged Through the Street by an Egyptian Mob" (The Atlantic)

“In the current scenario we are meant to believe that after four days of absolute silence peaceful pro-Mubarak protestors so irrevocably moved by the president's speech and his promise not to stand for another term decided to organise mass counter protests. And attend these protests on camels and horses. And launch rocks and Molotov cocktails at camping Tahrir protestors whose only act of physical aggression has been against litter in the camp.” Sarah Carr, "The Henchmen" (Inanities)

“Wael Ghonim, who leads Google's marketing for the Middle East and North Africa, is missing in Egypt, according to the company.” Claire Cain Miller, "Google Executive Remains Missing in Egypt" (The New York Times)

Mosa'ab Elshamy (@mosaaberizing) Our power lies in occupying Tahrir for the longest duration with more people. Very obvious how it's driving the regime crazy.
monasosh (@monasosh)I know u ppl will think I am exagerating but Tahrir square is the safest place in cairo right now! And it is cozy :) #Jan25
Sultan Al Qassemi (@SultanAlQassemi) I got a tweet from @RamyYaacoub that @Sandmonkey was definitely arrested. Also his dad called his phone & state security answered.
Nic Robertson (@NicRobertsonCNN) Senior judge tells us "What I saw yesterday made not only me.. the rest of the Egyptian perceive him as a traitor" #Egypt #jan25 #Mubarak


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