Internet down, police counterterror unit out in Egypt

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  1. GetSmart

    GetSmart New Member

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    [FONT=Verdana,Arial]This is some MAJOR stuff !!


    http://www2.tbo.com/content/2011/jan/27/272116/internet-down-police-counterterror-unit-out-in-egy/

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    CAIRO — Internet service in Egypt was disrupted and the government deployed an elite special operations force in Cairo on Friday, hours before an anticipated new wave of anti-government protests.
    The developments were a sign that President Hosni Mubarak's regime was toughening its crackdown following the biggest protests in years against his nearly 30-year rule.
    The counter-terror force, rarely seen on the streets, took up positions in strategic locations, including central Tahrir Square, site of the biggest demonstrations this week.
    Facebook and Twitter have helped drive this week's protests. But by Thursday evening, those sites were disrupted, along with cell phone text messaging and BlackBerry Messenger services. Then the Internet went down.

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    Tweetgrid set on "Egypt" and "Cairo"; (http://tweetgrid.com/grid?l=1&q1=Cairo&q2=Egypt ) reports coming in of army snipers firing on the people. Internet and Twitter out of Egypt blocked; however, some folks with relatives or friends in Egypt are trying to get word out.


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  3. essies

    essies "We're all just walking each other home." Ram Dass

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    More Egypt riots seen; Obama urges restraint

    Associated Press
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    CAIRO - Violence escalated in two cites outside the capital Cairo yesterday where anti-government protesters torched a fire station and looted weapons that they then turned on police. Egypt's top democracy advocate declared he was ready to lead the campaign to oust longtime President Hosni Mubarak.
    In the flashpoint city of Suez, east of Cairo, witnesses said rioters firebombed the main fire station and firefighters jumped out windows to escape the flames. In the northern Sinai area of Sheik Zuweid, several hundred Bedouins and police exchanged gunfire, killing a 17-year-old boy. About 300 protesters surrounded a police station and fired two RPGs at it, damaging the walls.
    http://www.philly.com/dailynews/nat...gypt_riots_seen__Obama_urges_restra int.html


    [video=youtube;H5qJ4cymxbs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5qJ4cymxbs[/video]
     
  4. belimom

    belimom Our lives begin to end the day we become silent ab

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    Thanks for posting this. We used to live in Cairo.

    I don't understand all of the politics that go deeper than what we are seeing in the news, but DH and I were discussing it, and he understands Middle East policy much better than I do (it was his area of expertise for years and he spent many years working all around the region). He said that Mubarak is actually a very stabilizing force in the region. Of course there are issues in Egypt that need to be addressed, but DH says if Mubarak is replaced then it needs to be someone with the same sort of international diplomacy that Mubarak has, because the effects will go much further than Egypt if the wrong person takes over.

    Again, I'm really not into int'l politics so that's about as far as my knowledge goes. I love the Egyptian people and have very fond memories of our time there. I'll be hoping and praying it all works out somehow for the best.
     
  5. essies

    essies "We're all just walking each other home." Ram Dass

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    These are desparate times in the world and many people have had enough. There were riots in Greece, Tunisia and parts of Africa, England, Ireland, Spain, France and other parts of Europe . I pray governments wake up to the needs of their people and this chaos stays away from our shores!:prayer:
    [video=youtube;Lrp0LTK0L98]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrp0LTK0L98[/video]
     
  6. GetSmart

    GetSmart New Member

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    That is what I was thinking .. if the wrong leader takes over it could all go up in smoke... I was listening to CNN and they said our people are still there in the Embassy.no news about their plans......

    With Mandela sick now and just got out of hospital that place is also a powder cage geeez ... duck and cover.
     
  7. fran

    fran Former Member

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    http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Wo..._Egypt:_One_Dead,_Dozens_I njured_In_Clashes

    Egypt: One Dead, Dozens Injured In Clashes



    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/ml_egypt_protest

    Egypt imposes night curfew after day of riots



    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110128/D9L1BL7G1.html

    Cairo scene of violent chaos as protests escalate



    http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/01/28/135395.html

    Police members remove suits and join protests
    Egypt police struggle to crush anti-regime protests




    [video=youtube;3xWiBCIxjIk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xWiBCIxjIk[/video]
     
  8. fran

    fran Former Member

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    http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/latest-updates-on-protests-in-egypt/?partner=rss&emc=rss

    Latest Updates on Protests in Egypt

    10:33a.m.
    tear gas being fired directly at protesters on the streets of Cairo and plainclothes police beating one demonstrator with clubs:


    10:19a.m.
    armored personal carriers arrived


    10:12a.m.
    Mohammed ElBaradei has been placed under house arrest


    at 10:01a.m. it says Al Jeezera is showing live footage. But I just saw somewhere else that BBC, Al Jeezera reporters were attacked and CNN, etc., have had their cameras taken away and broken.


    THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF!
     
  9. fran

    fran Former Member

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  11. essies

    essies "We're all just walking each other home." Ram Dass

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  12. sherbetjello

    sherbetjello Where is Kyron?

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    I don't think it's "We" that don't need Iran to stick their nose in it, but rather Iran itself. It wasn't that long ago that Iran had their own demonstrations (however, they are not a Democracy.)

    We have Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan and Syria getting VERY vocal in those territories.


    What needs to happen, and this is pretty clear to those that watch the region, stop with the brutal force from the political side. Retaliation (for what was once peaceful protest) allows the people to fall under the control and direction of those that do not have the best interest for anyone, other than agenda, in that area.
     
  13. LadyL

    LadyL Well-Known Member

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    I guess it's a good thing that the people & the army seem to be 'peacefully' coexisting.
     
  14. essies

    essies "We're all just walking each other home." Ram Dass

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    Protesters Storm Egyptian Tank - Egypt Protests - Special Broadcast Tonight
    [video=youtube;noHQj6WdNjg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noHQj6WdNjg[/video]
    Tonight at 7pm EST 4pm Pacific we will be doing a special on this ongoing situation. Tune in here
    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theintel...

    Demonstrators in Cairo surrounded a military vehicle, but they were cheering the army, a respected institution in Egypt.
     
  15. Herding Cats

    Herding Cats New Member

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    From what I understand, Mubarak has asked his government to step down; and, concurrently, the military has taken over Cairo. (ref: breaking news, Fox)

    This is sooooooo not good.

    Best-
    Herding Cats
     
  16. sherbetjello

    sherbetjello Where is Kyron?

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    Nah, Mubarak is not going to step down. The military is there to protect the "interest" of the people.

    However, Mubarak's is firing his "cabinet" and an entire new crew is coming in.

    In the next 24-48 hours it's a good idea to watch the peoples reaction and the reaction of the military (not the cops/police force - they aren't coming back, if I had to take a wild guess).

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Are_there_US_troops_in_Egypt
     
  17. badhorsie

    badhorsie Mouth operational, brain elsewhere...

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    People at prayer being attacked yesterday
     
  18. essies

    essies "We're all just walking each other home." Ram Dass

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  19. belimom

    belimom Our lives begin to end the day we become silent ab

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    Thanks for sharing all the videos. It breaks my heart. DH and I were talking about it over supper this evening and how we wish for peace for the people there. We were there with DH's job and he worked on a contract with the Egypt gov't so he obviously knows way more than I do about it all.

    When we were living there 10 yrs ago, there were riots in downtown Cairo. We lived a few miles from downtown in an area called Maadi. We had no idea riots were going on. My mom called and so did my FIL: "Get inside! Are you okay? Lock the doors!"... I looked out the window and said, "The sun is shining and butterflies are on the flowers in our garden. Kids are playing in the street. I have no idea what you're talking about." When I looked on the internet, I saw CNN playing the same loop of video over and over - and it was of a folks turning over a few cars in downtown Cairo, etc. Cairo is HUGE -- almost as big as NYC - but from the video you would have thought it was widespread.

    So I'm embarrassed to say that it has taken me until today to realize how big this really is and that it's not just another case of the media blowing it out of proportion.

    The enormity of it is that whatever happens will have far-reaching effects on the region. Egypt has played the role of 'peacekeeper' between the Middle Eastern countries and the Western world, with Mubarak being an important part of peace talks. (Again, DH knows much more than I do about this).

    Anyway, the picture of the folks getting hosed on the bridge brought me to tears. God bless them...
     
  20. belimom

    belimom Our lives begin to end the day we become silent ab

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    I just looked on FB and checked some our Egyptian friends' pages. Many have changed their avatar to an old Egyptian Kingdom flag that hasn't been used since 1953 (last used 1958?):

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    While others are using the current flag at their avatar (this one came from one of their avatars - with the hands included):

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    And more...

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  21. Reannan

    Reannan Seek Brotherhood, Cherish Solitude

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    I have always viewed Egypt as a moderate state in the Middle Eastern chaos and unrest. I am so sad to see this current unrest, but I am hopeful that it will lead to an unrest that is inevitable between a world that fosters oppression and a world that refuses to tolerate it. Any government that shuts down the internet is doomed IMHO. That would only tick most of us American's off to the point of no return. :twocents: May God be with them tonight.
     

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