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Algeria removes Emergency laws (martial law) imposed since 1992
AJELive: Our reporter says there is an "easy calm" in Tahrir Square, as protesters prepare for what they call "Departure Day"
6.02am: The New York Times reports that the US administration is in talks with Egyptian officials over a proposal for President Hosni Mubarak to resign immediately, turning over power to a transitional government headed by Vice- President Omar Suleiman. The White House has not confirmed the report.
3:23am Anti-Mubarak protester Nadine Shams tells Al Jazeera that protesters are trying to gear up for Friday's protests while securing Tahrir Square and keeping themselves safe. She tells us that protesters fear being attacked by armed men again.
2:01am Egyptian state television claims that some anti-Mubarak protesters are asking to be able to pass the barricades and leave Tahrir Square, and that that the Egyptian army has indicated that it's ready to help protesters leave the square. But Al Jazeera Arabic contacted some protesters, who have have denied the reports carried on Egyptian television.
Originally posted by Chevalerous
reply to post by Vitchilo
I found a very good article about these hired "so called" pro Mubarak thugs who are roaming the streets in Cairo right now.
The use of these hired thugs is nothing new in the history of Egypt, and people who are interested can research this themselves by using Google.
These hired thugs are actually hired by the corrupt wealthy businessmen who are closly connected with the corrupt senior officials from Mubarak's ruling National Democratic Party and in some cases, with Mubarak himself.
They bring these hired thugs into Cairo with Buses/Microbuses from the Tourism industry of which many of these corrupt businessmen are involved and affiliated with as partners, owners etc.
Man, I think the world is awake to the Governments actions..
Here's a new report from Australia..
Nine News reporter Peter Stefanovic says he is lucky to escape unharmed after being dragged from a taxi in Cairo by police and pro-government rioters.
Originally posted by Bhadhidar
If the government and/or pro-government forces act with excessive brutality, would this not trigger a more wide-spread "backlash" amoung the general populace Against the government? .....
No,it's stupidity and arrogance since the US was supporting him he felt he was given carte blanch to attack the protesters now he's gonna be going away one way or another.
Originally posted by coolieno99
Originally posted by Bhadhidar
If the government and/or pro-government forces act with excessive brutality, would this not trigger a more wide-spread "backlash" amoung the general populace Against the government? .....
Mubarak has just made the biggest tactical blunder in 30 years as President. The speech he gave last Tuesday had actually split the anti-Mubarak movement. He should just left things as is and he would come out ahead. But either because of senility or stupidity, he starts to unleash violent forces on the demonstrators, which re-unite them and made them even more resolute than ever. It's the use of physical violences that will bring him down in the end.
But still holds bans on protests
Egypt internet clampdown cost $90 mln, OECD says (AP)
PA breaks up rally in support of Egyptian people but allows pro-Mubarak demonstration (AP)
Mubarak to ABC: Egypt will be in chaos if I step down (Reuters)
International Monetary Fund: We will aid Egypt once situation becomes clear (Israel Radio)
Report: Egypt revolution sympathisers beaten in Syria (Reuters)
N.Y. Time: U.S. discussing immediate Mubarak resignation with Egypt (Reuters)
More flights are leaving with foreigners & Egyptians
Confirmed: Tahrir Square has more demonstrators today than yesterday
Iran would need at least two years to produce its first nuclear weapon but is not involved in an all-out "crash effort" to build a bomb, a respected think tank said Thursday.
The report added: "If Iran wanted to produce the fissile material for a weapon as soon as possible, it could have moved more quickly."
Amid the turmoil sweeping Egypt that could threaten its 1979 peace pact with Israel, the Jewish state's military leadership is fighting a battle at home to preserve the reputation of the army over legal challenges against two of its top generals.
Younger officers, some of them untested at such levels, are being moved into top command positions at a time when Israel has threatened airstrikes against Iran's nuclear facilities, operations that could trigger a region-wide conflict.
ShereefAbbas Got thru to frnd in Hilton. They're safe, news of police/thugs inside are false. 20 journos in 3 rooms. Hotel wants them out, no action yet.
acarvin AP: Greece's Kathimerini says reporter was stabbed in leg, treated and released. Another staffer beaten; no word on their condition. #jan25
john_hooper RT @bbcworld: Egyptian security seize BBC equipment at Cairo Hilton in attempt to stop us broadcasting #Egypt
hamish6PM Hotel management just slipped a note under the door. "evacuation procedures". Our hotel is surrounded by demos and gunfire #Egypt #6pm
Petrol bombs being thrown off buildings in Cairo.
shawncbc RT @todayshow: RT @washingtonpost Our #Cairo bureau chief and photographer have reportedly been arrested
acarvin Jean-Francois Lepine CBC/RDI was attacked by thugs, rescued by army. "Without them, we probably would have been beaten to death." -ap #jan25
Al Jazeera reporter: Three people shot in head by snipers using laser sights
Reuters: VP Umar Suleiman is to invite the Muslim Brotherhood to take part in his negotiations with opposition parties. #jan25
@evanchill: Tank with a bulldozer just rolled down 6th of October bridge firing .50 cal machine gun into the air, sending red tracers
hamish6PM omar suleiman (vice president) on state tv, saying the violence could be the result of foreign influence. #egypt #6PM
"New VP Omar Suleiman on TV, says Mubarak "forced to ask army to take up its duties." Ominous."
Suleiman: we have decided to suspend the parliament #egypt #6PM "we need at least 70 days if not more"
Hackers Take Down Government Websites in Egypt and Yemen
JShahryar #Egypt VP: Operatives who tried to carry out sabotage must be penalized.
Omar Suleiman "What happened in Meydan Tahrir was a conspiracy. People love Mubarak & stability so they went to demonstrate"
Omar Suleiman "The pro stability & pro Mubarak protesters went on their own will. No one pushed them or paid for them"
Omar Suleiman "When there are many people in one place no one can tell what everyone's agenda is. People with foreign agendas as well."
ITwitius #Egypt Death toll from clashes in square now ten. Doctors say
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.
Omar Suleiman "If they continue with their protests the country will be in paralysis. There are significant financial losses"
Omar Suleiman "A third of the income of the country is affected. One million tourists left Egypt in 9 days. You do the math"
eniedowski RT @nytimesworld: Both Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya say they are currently unable to provide live images of Tahrir Square #egypt less than 20 seconds ago via TweetDeck
Omar Suleiman (About the Friday of Departure) "This is a strange story, these are not Egyptians who say this. We respect our father Mubarak"
Omar Suleiman "Mubarak sacrificed a lot for this nation. Mubarak will leave when his time is over. His family will not run for office"
fpleitgenCNN More protesters on tahrir square tonight then yesterday. Fairly quiet now. #egypt.
Omar Suleiman "How can other countries interfere in Egypt's business? It is unacceptable!"
1707: Reuters reports 10 people have died in clashes in Tahrir Square on Thursday, and a doctor at the square told the agency: "An hour an a half ago, two people were rushed to me with gunshot wounds to the head. They were gasping and died."
Omar Suleiman "Some friendly countries (Qatar) have unfriendly channels (Al Jazeera). I am sad for this animosity. It should not be so"
Omar Suleiman "Whoever was responsible will be punished. The police did well on Jan 25th, they love the people. It was self defense"
Omar Suleiman "We will need time to go back to the pre Jan 25th era. All prisoners must go back to jail"
estr4ng3d Just arrived back home. All areas surrounding #Tahrir completely locked down, army & locals let neither vehicles nor pedestrians back in.
They are still shooting at us from the bridge lots injured.
Tank fired from main gun in the air to chase off pro-Mubarak people off the bridges
theflonky Reports of Egyptian Army tanks opening fire on pro-Mubarak supporters... some of whom are police. Does this count as a civil war yet?#egypt
All opposition partys still say NO to dialog until mubarak leaves
A quick lesson in colloquial Egyptian Arabic: Innaharda, ehna kullina Misryeen! Today, we are all Egyptians!
@sultanalqassemi: BBC News: British Foreign Secretary William Hague "Gamal Mubarak is not in Britain. I have spoken to him on the phone from Egypt"
Hague "I have spoken to ... Gamal & said if it turns out that there was state-sponsored violence here, that would be catastrophic for Egypt"
Alshaheeed JP says tunnels between Gaza & Sinai are now used to send vital food supplies to Sinai not the other way round. #Jan25
acarvin On AlJaz too. RT @Beltrew: Reports say that 10 people have been killed, 1000 have been injured on #Tahrir Square #Jan25
AymanM Two dozen journalist unaccounted for, arrested, attacked in #egypt on thursday #jan25 #tahrir
a total of 21,000 Saudi citizens had left Egypt, returning to Saudi Arabia on a total of 75 airplanes since the start of the unrest in Egypt.
protests in Algeria, Yemen, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco
MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell: "US officials say that the next 48 hours will likely decide the outcome of the protests."
# Mononopoly_hat_normal mcwbr RT @marwame: Friend's neighbor's family just received the corpse of their son, arrested a few days ago. #jan25 Welcome to Mubarak's #Egypt
RT @Gsquare86: Americans from New York doing a solidarity march in Tahrir chanting 'free free Egypt' #Tahrir
Al Jazeera: The Washington Post says its bureau chief, photographer, and translator have all been arrested.
Al Jazeera: "And the reason why we're not showing you live pictures as we have from downtown Cairo as we have from the past few days is that a lot of our equipment has been stolen. It's very difficult to get broadcast-quality pictures out of Cairo at the moment."
RT @allisonkilkenny: RT @AlArabiya_Eng: The Pentagon said it had no plans to halt weapons deliveries to Egypt
Aljaz reporter from Tahrir square, saying a stage set up and speeches being given about those who dies last night #Egypt #Mubarak #Jan25
Police attacking foreigners NOW all over the city
BBC to a girl in the street : Suleiman new speech divided the people because some of them want to believe what he said
From ABC interview: MT @camanpour Mubarak said: I am fed up. After 62 yrs in public service I have had enough. I want to go. via @HalaGorani
BBC Arabic: Three protest leaders have disappeared while on their way to Meydan Tahrir #Jan25
Reuters: "Fed up" #Mubarak tells ABC Network he would like to leave office but cannot #Egypt #Tahrir #Jan25
RT @ShawkattRaghib: Flash: CSF Chief refused orders to impose live ammo into mass protesters in #Tahrir. #Egypt #Jan25 #FF
Speaking to ABC President Mubarak says he wants to leave office but fears Chaos
A group of angry Egyptian men carjacked an ABC News crew and threatened to behead them today in the latest and most menacing attack on foreign reporters trying to cover the anti-government uprising.
RT @camanpour: Mubarak “I told Obama ‘you don’t understand the Egyptian culture & what wud happen if I step down now.”
Sarahngb Sarahngb Translation RT @waelabbas: Urgent and confirmed: Army soldiers are the ones stopping and detaining Journalists and photographers. #jan25 2 minutes ago via YoruFukurou
According to ABC's Amanpour: Mubarak remains in presidential palace with family, heavily guarded by armed troops tanks & barbed wire #jan25 half a minute ago via web "
Al Arabiya: Draft US Senate resolution urges Mubarak transfer power via @AlArabiya_Eng
"The chairman of the panel that controls foreign aid (is) prepared to stop all US financial assistance to Egypt unless Mubarak steps aside"
U.S. Lawmakers & Members of Congress Call for Halting Egypt Aid to Push Mubarak Aside
Cnn reporting that the State Dept has information suggesting that the Egyptian Interior Ministry is onvolved in rounding up journalists
Al Arabiya: Eleven youth leaders have been arrested by police on their way back from visiting El Baradei
RT @HowardKurtz: ABC's Brian Hartman threatened w beheading in Egypt. Fox's Greg Palkot severely beaten, Anderson Cooper, Christiane attacked. Extremely ugly
CNN "Senior judge calls yesterday's Cairo clashes “massacre” & tells us regime should face war crimes tribunal."
Mubarak to ABC: Muslim Brothers will come to power if I leave now
100's of INFRA RED SMALL CAMERAS are given to Tahrir protestors to record any attack at night on Tahrir
People have to pay police at every turn to get to the airport... one report saying paid 3500$US just to get IN the airport
People have routed power from the street lights and are charging their cell phones in Tahrir #Egypt #Jan25
"This is a losing battle and they have all the weapons, but we will continue fighting until we can't," Salen wrote. "I am heading to Tahrir right now with supplies for the hundreds injured."
Protesters in Tahrir are protecting themselves. Army disappeared
what sounds like fairly sustained gunfire coming from direction of #tahrir just started up
Australia protests at treatment of foreigners in Egypt as diplomats, journalists are targeted
RemounSays: RT @mosaaberizing: A militiary officer informed us they are setting up wires to prevent thugs from going into Tahrir. Will see... #Tahrir
In #Suez: gangs of thugs leave the demonstrators, and start quarreling with each other for they paycheck. | via @gamaleid | #Jan25 |
MariamAbouward: RT @cnnbrk: CNN personnel are seeing wounded being carried into #Cairo’s Tahrir Square from the Museum entrance to square
"Tahrir Square is calm for the first time in days. At least 250000 are camped out preparing for the "Day of Departure."
evanchill Before I went out tonight, I concealed my AJE ID (anti-govt folk want to see it) and left behind my Qatari ID (thugs wouldn't like it).
State TV:Claiming protestors in Tahrir Square want to leave but can't get out because Muslim Brotherhood holding them hostage
AJE correspondent reports that despite a "high number of peole" at Tahrir Square that a tense, quiet atmosphere prevails.
VP #Biden urged that credible, inclusive negotiations begin immediately in order for #Egypt to transition to a democratic government
Ppl are sleeping curled next to each other. Heads on laps. When alarms sound they run to protect entrances. They wait patiently.
Loudspeakers inside Tahrir are playing patriotic & real oldschool Egyptian songs. Can hear people clapping along even from here
New Coalition group : National Association for Change, made up of El Baradei and several opposition group leaders from various political parties
blafrancia: RT @rassdwehda: More than 200 000 protestors @ AlTahrir Square: Musims, Christians, Boy, Girls, Grandpas and babys!!! #Tahrir #Mubarak #Egypt #jan25
HSBC (at least) has today halted (globally) currency exchanges from and to Egyptian Pounds!
ASLANmedia #YEMEN: Foreign min. says unemployment the cause of protests, warns that outside interference would be counterproductive
.A column of at least 6 troop carrier trucks loaded with personnel are lined up facing the protester barricades in Tahrir Square. #Egypt
RT @MennaGamal: People on night watch, Army Forces telling poeple to take extra care and thoroughly check EVERY car. Tell your troops. #Jan25 #Egypt
ABC : Egypt's Torture Victims Describe Beatings, Electroshock, Rape Threats
RT @soniaverma: What's worse about being detained 3 hours by Egyptian army? Watching a 4 year old girl being detained with you even longer.
RT @blogdiva: cc: @AnonOps ...heh #joking RT @RiverDryFilm: We need help shutting down the State television. Anyone know any great hackers? #jan25 #egypt
muiz Our power lies in occupying Tahrir for the longest duration with more people. Very obvious how it's driving the regime crazy
elhelwy #Egyptian Rights Center May Refer Attacks to International Court - Bloomberg
NYT : Network Anchors Leave Egypt Amid Crackdown
RT @oxfordgirl: BBC - man in Tahrir sqaure saying number of ppl there are twice as many as yesterday
Obama is preparing a proposal for Mubarak to resign immediately and hand power over to Vice President Soliman in conjunction with the Army.
US admin. seeks to secure Suez canal & Camp David Accord. They dont care about Democracy. #Jan25
RT @saelz8: Suleiman & Mubarak are two sides of the same coin. The NDP will remain in power if Omar is designated, which changes nothing. #egypt #jan25
NicRobertsonCNN Streets are quiet here in Alexandria, smell of burning fires in the air, the occasional army vehicle drives by
Hisham_G: If Reuters dispatch is right then US are de facto staging a coup d'état. Obama has no mandate 2 negotiate on behalf of Egyptian ppl!
RT @ArabRevolution: Dear @BarakObama @StateDept: from now on, the people who appoint and dismiss are the #Egyptian people. Stay out of it. #Egypt #Jan25
RT @zoomarang: @maddowblog #maddow Egyptian govt went open season on journalists of all stripes.The policy of proppin up tyrants ends in 2011 #jan25 #Egypt
RiverDryFilm: Once again, Ahmed Seif, human rights lawyer renowned for pro bono defence of injustice, is arrested and missing
RT @naglarzk: cnn: coalition to come together right now, #mubarak to get out of the way #jan25 #Tahrir #egypt
Former US Ambassador to Egypt Edward] Walker described the Egyptian counterpart, Suleiman, as “very bright, very realistic,” adding that he was cognizant that there was a downside to “some of the negative things that the Egyptians engaged in, of torture and so on. But he was not squeamish, by the way”
Al-Wafd party announces that it won’t participate in the dialogue with VP Sulaiman on Thursday #Egypt #jan25
AJELive Photographer "Mohammad" tells Al Jazeera that he left Tahrir Square because it felt "completely unsafe to be there"
TeaWithCarl @acarvin Up till today, always had 6-7 tweets per minute. 50% from Tahrir, LIVE. NOW, after suppression, stone cold - suddenly weak.
RT @alihabibi1: #Mubarak waiting in his palace and the #US deciding about his fate! What a shameful end of a dictator! #Egypt #Jan25 #Tahrir
TeaWithCarl #EGYPT Inside #Tahrir Square, a welcoming community is forming, w/ foodstuffs,medical aid shared w/ all protesters
ASLANmedia #JORDAN: King #Abdullah meets with Islamist opposition, promises "serious steps" for reform
Christopher Dickey on CNN saying he feels the govt going to move in next few hours and clear #Tahrir square w/ force #egypt
RT @safeworld4women: R @tweetminster: Amnesty International confirms two of its workers are under arrest in #Egypt - BBC
camanpour In response to my intv w/ #Mubarak, US State Dept told us "the longer this situation remains unresolved, the danger [...] increases."
IvanCNN Dozens of troops wearing riot control helmets now deployed at different corners of Tahrir Square. Opposition playing patriotic anthem
IvanCNN Convoy of 9 blue police troop carrier trucks just made a pre-dawn drive past Tahrir Square.
IvanCNN 2 men leaving Tahrir Square approached troops in riot control helmets with arms raised. Troops made them lay flat on pavement, searched them
IvanCNN As of 6 AM Friday, haven't heard gunshots for hours from around Tahrir Square. Let's hope it stays that way.
AlanFisher Morning all - busy day ahead with #Egypt protestors planning 'Day of Departure' demonstrations across the country
AJE Gunfire forces army to mediate clashes
RT @mand0z: Army officer telling protestors:"I'm here to protect you, and if I die the barbed wire behind me will protect you" #Jan25 RT@mohamedelgarhey
AlArabiya_Eng The US military's top officer says Egyptian army leaders "reassured" him they will not fire on protesters
TeaWithCarl RT @BloggerSeif #Mubarak thugs around Qasr El Nile waiting for protesters (via Younis)
RT @CarneRoss: #UN Sec Council President #Brazil has revealed that not one member has requested discussion of #Egypt inc US, UK, France, Germny etc #Jan25
@litfreak Pls RT ! Muslim Brotherhood announced #Tahrir sound system they don't wish to run for power If true,hope news gets spread. #jan25
LaraABCNews Egyptians keep asking us to pray for them, how this all turns out...say it's a historic day in their country. Air is thick with intensity.
Resident cheer as mass #demonstrations against Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak march past #president #2space
AJELive Our producer says there's a security build-up at Tahrir Square, troops in riot gear next to tanks
There are no excuses for the contradictions. How can it be that Bush's America understood the problem of repression in the Arab world, but Obama's America ignored it until last week? How can it be that in May 2009, Hosni Mubarak was an esteemed president whom Barack Obama respected, and in January 2011, Mubarak is a dictator whom even Obama is casting aside? How can it be that in June 2009, Obama didn't support the masses who came out against the zealot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, while now he stands by the masses who are coming out against the moderate Mubarak?
There is one answer: The West's position is not a moral one that reflects a real commitment to human rights. The West's position reflects the adoption of Jimmy Carter's worldview: kowtowing to benighted, strong tyrants while abandoning moderate, weak ones.
Ban on live reports from Tahrir square
mosaaberizing The army has taken over October bridge and issued a warning they'll shoot if thugs come back. Finally. #Jan25
Spread the word: Trustworthy friend: Some people spreading poisoned food to the Militias, claiming to be supportive. Be WARY #Jan25 #Egypt
allawati Lots of journalists leaving Cairo today. Army has been deployed all around Tahrir
Abbas Al Lawati allawati Taxis are either refusing to go to Tahrir or charging a killing. 100 pounds for a 1km drive. Too risky to go on foot
ashrafkhalil Senior Human Rights Watch official told me their researcher Daniel Williams, longtime Washpost and LA Times reporter, still in custody
AJELive Our reporter tweets:"Dozens of police trucks in side streets around Pres Palace.Yes thats right police!Haven't seen them in a while.
Iran cracking down on Iranian access to outside website...they want to shut down ALL OUTSIDE INTERNET in Iran
Egypt's defense minister and other top army officials are currently visiting Cairo's Tahrir Square, according to a defense ministry source
arwasm Extremely tight security checks in multiple points at the entrance to #tahrir. Women were caught with knives
RulaMatta RT @litfreak: As a Muslim, I'm most disgusted by the imams whose silence has been bought. You're a disgrace to your religion and people. #Egypt #Jan25
MuslimNewMedia RT @nadiae: I can see some foreign journos with video cams. So glad they made it in and r safe #egypt #jan25 @pressfreedom
aymanscribbler Buying supplies yesterday near Tahrir Sq, an old man started insulting me and said "let them go hungry" about the protesters. #jan25 #Egypt
vallie RT @Dobroyeutro German Chancellor Angela Merkel says #Egypt's security forces must guarantee protests are 'free and peaceful' - BBC #jan25
RT @ianinegypt: Tahrir Square is like a "green zone" for journalists. Everyone was friendly
; RT @litfreak: Man on phone from Luxor says they still fear crackdown. Ppl threatened. All mosques telling ppl not to protest. #Egypt #Jan25
BBC: Prime Minister David Cameron says Egyptian government has so far failed to meet 'aspirations' of its people for 'credible' transition
LaraABCNews New chant in Tahrir Square: 'change, strength, nationalism, and justice.' #Cairo #Egypt #Jan25
ProducerMatthew Reuters: Iran says the United States faces "irreparable defeat" in the Middle East.
DailyNewsEgypt 500-meter long queues waiting to get into Tahrir through checkpoint from Qasr El-Nil Bridge.
AlArabiya_Eng Witnesses and security sources confirm the launch of 1 RPG at the headquarters of State Security