ei: Egypt uprising (January 2011)

Egypt uprising (January 2011)
All eyes are fixed on Egypt, where thousands of people have taken to the streets in an unprecedented challenge to the thirty-year rule of Hosni Mubarak.

Since 25 January, escalating protests throughout Egypt, and especially in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez have called for the removal of President Hosni Mubarak and his regime. Security forces used tear gas, rubber bullets and in many cases live ammunition in an attempt to suppress the protests, as the government cut off virtually all internet and telephone communications to the outside world.

By 30 January, Egyptian medical sources and counts by the Al Jazeera network put the toll at more than 100 people killed and 4,000 injured. On 30 January, the Egyptian government withdrew the license and shut down the bureaus of Al Jazeera, which has the focus of attention throughout the Arab world for its live and uncensored coverage of the uprising. However, Al Jazeera and other networks, including the BBC, have continued to broadcast live from Egypt.

Egyptian and international journalists on the ground in Egypt continued to report on events in different parts of the country by Twitter (Twitter list of reporters in Egypt).

The Electronic Intifada editor and photojournalist Matthew Cassel is also in Cairo, reporting on the developments and documenting the uprising.

The uprising in Egypt came shortly after the popular protests that overthrew the US-supported dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia. Demonstrations have swept across the Arab world, with thousands taking to the streets in Jordan to call for the removal of the prime minister, protesters demanded the ousting of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who like Mubarak and Ben Ali has ruled for decades. Thousands also marched in Algeria for a change in governance.

Meanwhile, thousands of people across the world have stood in solidarity with the people of Egypt. Demonstrations have taken place outside of Egyptian consulates and embassies in the United States, Europe, Turkey and elsewhere.

Governments meanwhile have reacted with caution. The United States and European governments, caught off guard, called on Egypt to engage in urgent “reforms,” but stopped short of calling for Mubarak to step down. Arab governments have remained largely silent. Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, speaking on the BBC, said the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt were an “internal matter.”

Egyptians call for Mubarak’s ouster in Cairo, 29 January 2011. (Olivier Corsan/Newscom)


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