Revolution in Cairo

Day-to-Day Jan. 30


Lara Setrakian (@LaraABCNews) Mohammed El Baradei and Muslim Brotherhood turn up at protests in Tahrir Square. It's a broad constallation pushing against Mubarak. #Jan25
GlobalPost (@GlobalPost) Breaking News: Jets buzz Cairo and Tahrir Square as military tries to show force ahead of Curfew #jan25

“Egypt's powerful Muslim Brotherhood and the secular opposition banded together Sunday around a prominent government critic to negotiate for forces seeking the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, as the army struggled to hold a capital seized by fears of chaos and buoyed by euphoria that three decades of Mr. Mubarak's rule may be coming to an end.” Anthony Shadid and David D. Kirkpatrick, "Opposition Rallies to ElBaradei as Military Reinforces in Cairo" (The New York Times)

benwedeman (@bencnn) Cairo tense as curfew approaches. Begins in 25 min. Men, boys on almost every corner with sticks and knives. Looters beware. #Jan25 #Egypt
Jon Jensen (@jonjensen) I just walked 30 minutes through about 15 citizen checkpoints in Cairo. They're on guard with machetes, baseball bats, and dogs. #Egypt

“Something very fishy is taking place -- the Egyptian people are being manipulated and terrified by the withdrawal of the police yesterday, reports (some of them perhaps untrue) of widespread looting, and yesterday's (during the day) relatively low military presence in the city.” Issandr El Amrani, "Manipulation" (The Arabist)

“The Egyptian authorities are revoking the Al Jazeera Network's licence to broadcast from the country, and will be shutting down its bureau office in Cairo, state television has said.” "Egypt Shuts Down Al Jazeera Bureau" (Al Jazeera)

“We were walking along the Kornish next to the Nile, and we saw these people on the bridge, not even protesting, just looking at what's going on. Police trucks -- not military, but police, there's a distinction because they're not necessarily working together -- went across the bridge and opened fire on people standing there. Then there were these plain-clothed police -- that's the scariest thing, is that they've hired thugs who are dressed in normal clothes and carry canes to beat people -- going up onto the bridge and taking them down off the bridge and beating them. Because if you've been shot, that's evidence you're a protester, so therefore you need to be beaten.” Maddie Oatman, "I Saw an Old Woman Shot in the Face" (Mother Jones)

“They don't want to push Mubarak over the cliff, but they understand that the Mubarak era is over and that the only way Mubarak could be saved now is by a ruthless suppression of the population, which would probably set the stage for a much more radical revolution down the road.” Peter Nicholas, "White House Quietly Prepares for a Post-Mubarak Era in Egypt" (Los Angeles Times)

Gordon Reynolds (@gordon_reynolds) #Egypt #Jan25 In taxi driving through Cairo. Taxi driver says "Mubarak is one. The people of Egypt are many."
Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) Fabulous, giddy mood at Tahrir. Love the campfires. But 1 troubling thought: Tiananmen was the same before the shooting.


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