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Wed Jan 26 2011 (Updated 02/23/11)
Egyptian Intifada Demands End to Mubarak Dictatorship
Egyptians Reclaim the Streets Demanding End To Reign Of Dictator Hosni Mubarak
In a day of protests in Egypt, hundreds of thousands of people marched in the streets on January 25th facing down riot police, water cannons, baton charges and tear gas. The people are chanting for freedom and an end to the corrupt administration of Hosni Mubarak, who has been in power for 30 years, with the demand that he join the Tunisian dictator Ben Ali in Saudi Arabia.

By mid-afternoon, the Egyptian government had blocked Twitter, websites of independent newspapers and live streaming application #bambuser. There are reports that phone lines used by lawyers and activists providing support are also being suspended, and many phone lines have had data services disabled.

At least six protesters were killed with some reports that police in some cities used live ammunition on crowds. Over 1000 protesters have been arrested and Egyptian telecoms are attempting to block access to sites where protesters can post coverage.

While few people will openly admit to liking the dictatorship of Mubarak, he is one of the largest recipients of US aid and maintains his power largely because of the US backing. . In a January 27th PBS interview, Vice President Biden said he would not refer to Egyptian President Mubarak as a dictator and instead called him an “ally” on a number of key foreign policy issues. Comments by Hillary Clinton on January 25th made clear that the Obama administration was reluctant to change its foreign policy stance. A writer on Bikyamasr notes:

For almost all observers, activists and on-the-ground demonstrators on Egypt’s streets on Tuesday, American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comments showed where Washington stands. With the government, not those demanding an end to decades of oppression and injustice. She said in a statement issued by the State Department early Tuesday afternoon Washington time – as police in Egypt were beginning a final push of tear bombs, water cannons and rubber bullets to disperse thousands of protesters – that “our assessment is that the Egyptian government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people.”

On January 28th hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets again as the government cut access to internet and phone service for much of the country. By the evening many government buildings were on fire with many protesters dead and wounded from tear gas canisters and live ammunition. As the army took to the street, replacing the police, and initially not attacking protesters, many thought the revolution had achieved its goal but Mubarak appeared on state television in the early evening to say he had fired the rest of the government but intended to stay in power.

Smaller protests continued on the 29th, 30th and 31st. On February 1st, millions took to the streets of Cairo, Alexandria and other Egyptian cities to demand an end to the Mubarak regime. The protests were the largest ones in Egypt in recorded history. Mubarak responded that he will not run for re-election in September but demonstrators will not let him steal another rigged election for his military junta; a protest is scheduled for Friday February 4th to march on the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis and force a change in regime (although it is rumored that Mubarak is operating out of Sharm el-Sheikh now).

On Wednesday, January the 26th, there was a demonstration of solidarity with the Egyptian protests at Market and Montgomery in San Francisco, starting at 5pm.
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On January 29th, hundreds again took to the streets in San Francisco to demand an end to the Mubarak regime in Egypt. Protesters gathered at noon near the Montgomery St BART station and rallied for an hour before marching to UN Plaza.
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Protests In Egypt (posts to Indybay): Egypt Erupts from a left perspective | Revolutionary Middle East Change | Egyptian workers and youth refuse to be cowered | Pamphlet Guide to Revolution in Egypt | Middle East Intifadas | Mubarak Takes Internet in Egypt offline | Egyptians Rise Against Their Pharaoh | CIA Puppet Hosni Mubarak Must Step Down | Mass Street Protests in Egypt | Egyptians reclaim the streets on Police Day

Events In Egypt (from around the web): Feb. 4 declared the 'Friday of departure' | Egypt protesters react angrily to Mubarak's televised address | Defiant Mubarak vows to finish term | Secular and devout. Rich and poor. They marched together with one goal | Revolution spreads to Egypt's deprived Sinai | Protesters flood Egypt streets on February 1st | From the front lines of the Egyptian uprising | Total internet blackout in Egypt | Mass jailbreaks amid Egypt protests | Egypt shuts down al-Jazeera operations | More than 100 people have been killed | WSWS: Hundreds of thousands across Egypt defy police attacks to demand ouster of Mubarak | Wikileaks Cables: Egypt - Evidence of torture and repression by Mubarak´s Police | Guardian reporter beaten and arrested | Mubarak's victims lay dead in a tiny, dimly lit room

International Reaction: Why Obama Fears Democracy in Egypt | Obama Backing Regime Change? | The Obama administration and Egypt | Democracy's Drawback | Global mobilization in support of Egyptian uprising | Clinton shows where US stands on Egypt | Vodafone confirms role in Egypt’s cellular, Internet blackout | US Tacit Support for Mideast Autocrats | US company provides tear gas to Egyptian police | Italy supports Egypt's Mubarak | China micro-blogging sites censor 'Egypt'

Impact On Region: Jordan's king sacks cabinet | Egypt's revolution inspires Gaza's youth | Israel urges world to curb criticism of Egypt's Mubarak | Electronic Intifada: Egypt's uprising and its implications for Palestine | Abbas contacts Egyptian president | Jordanians stage anti-gov't sit-in in Amman | Yemenis rally | Sudan police clash with protesters | Tunisia: new cabinet instated, protests continue | Without Egypt, Israel will be left with no friends in Mideast | Saudi king expresses support for Mubarak

Background: Wikipedia: 2011 Egyptian Protests | Egypt’s Class Conflict | Riots shake Tunisia and Algeria | WikiLeaks and Tunisia | Wikipedia: 2010–2011 Tunisian uprising | Egypt: Protests mount over police murder of Khaled Said | video Egyptian Working Class, Unions & Political Parties | The CIA's complicated relationship with Egypt | Wikipedia: History Of Modern Egypt

audio Democracy Now:
Jan 31st: Leading Egyptian Feminist, Nawal El Saadawi: "Women and Girls are Beside Boys in the Streets" | Tear Gas, Tanks, Helicopters, Rifles and Fighter Planes in Egypt Funded and Built Largely by U.S. Defense Department and American Corporations | Repression and Poverty Underpin the Uprising in Egypt Jan 30th: The Rebellion Grows Stronger
Jan 29th: Live From the Egyptian Revolution | Ahmad Shokr Reports From Cairo
Jan 28th: This is the Biggest Political Challenge the Regime Has Yet to See from the Streets | Juan Cole: "Egypt is a Praetorian Regime"
Jan 27th: Hillary Clinton Forget to Mention Tear-Gas, Tanks, Concussion Grenades Used Against Egypt Protesters Made in U.S. | Fear Barrier Seems to Have Been Broken | Guardian Journalist Arrested and Beaten Alongside Protesters in Egypt Secretly Records Ordeal
Jan 26th: Largest Popular Challenge to Mubarak in 30 Years

Live Updates From The UK Guardian: Feb 1st | Jan 31st | Jan 30th | Jan 29th | Jan 28th | Jan 27th | Jan 26th | Jan 25th

3arabawy | "We are all Khaled Said" Facebook page | #Jan25 Twitter posts | Egypt (and Beyond) LiveBlog | The Angry Arab News Service | live video stream Al Jazeera English: Live Stream

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