If you’ve been keeping up to date with the goings on in Egypt you’ll know that the Egyptian government, with President Hosni Mubarak still technically in power, gave the order to shut off the internet for the entire country on Thursday. He hoped that this would quell protesters and decrease their power to assemble. What emerged instead was a renewed zeal among the protesters in a fight for their freedoms following a 30 year rule by President Hosni Mubarak. Protesters rallied together using grass roots campaigns to mobilize, such as this pamphlet describing techniques and things every protester should know.
Unsuccessful in daunting the protesters efforts the Egyptian government on Sunday also took steps to kick out leading middle-eastern news network Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera currently has the most reporters on the streets of Egypt covering the conflict and the protests. They’re fighting to keep the stream of information from Egypt flowing and to keep the world updated on the evolving conflict. The latest development is that Al Jazeera is licensing all of it’s information & video coming out of Egypt under a creative commons license, thus allowing any News Network to carry their information without permission but with attribution.
Watch this amazing video of protesters bravely standing up to police and retaking a bridge in Cairo!
Photo & video from of Al Jazeera english
From Al Jazeera English
“The Egyptian army has said it would not use force against citizens staging protests to force President Hosni Mubarak to step down
In a statement on Monday it said “freedom of expression” was guaranteed to all citizens using peaceful means.
It was the first such explicit confirmation by the army that it would not fire at demonstrators who have taken to the streets of Egypt and comes a day before before Tuesday’s “march of millions” to mark the seventh day of the protests as anti-government sentiment reaches fever pitch.”
Reported a few hours ago on http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/01/20111311965695371.html