Egyptian uprising - updates and discussion

Egyptian uprising - updates and discussion

Live updates and discussion from the Egyptian uprising which began on 25 January 2011.

From the Egyptian Chronicles blog...

http://egyptianchronicles.blogspot.com/2011/01/jan25-is-getting-serious.html

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The January 25th protest is getting serious attention more and more. More Facebook pages and groups are calling for the #25 Jan and more political groups are going to participate in the huge event "They are about 17 groups".Many are praying that it be the start of a new thing in Egypt. Now if you are interested in following the protest on twitter to know its updates then follow this hash tag (#Jan25)

Surprisingly “Salafist movement for reform” aka “HAFS” has announced that it will participate in the event , this is the first time a Salafist movement participates in something like this considering the Salafist believes and teachings. I have my fear and my suspicion which I will keep it to myself. I know that this particular movement  has its political believes still ....

The Mahalla workers will participate too , you may remember how they made their own day on the 6th April from couple of years ago.

Another huge surprise or even change in this protest is its location in Cairo and Giza, it is no longer Down town or Nile corniche but rather at the famous Gamaat Al Doul street in Mohendessin , the heart of the middle class in Giza !! The other places are : Cairo university in Giza , Dawaran Shubra and Dawaran Al Mataria in Cairo.

The NDP will participate too , of course in pro-regime protests of love …etc. May be this will be a showdown between the regime and the opposition , the real opposition in Egypt on who has got the word in the street. There are rumors that the MOI will launch its thugs to create chaos and violence , all what I know for sure is  that the police will not enjoy their holiday because they will have to work.  Personally I think the regime will let that day pass peacefully in order not to push the people in to another degree of anger , the world is now watching the Arab countries post-Tunisian revolution in an anticipation.

The Egyptians in London are going to protest next Sunday January 23, 2011 at 1 PM in front of the Egyptian embassy in London , if you are there and interested in joining them then here is the Egyptian embassy address : 26 South Street, Westminster, London W1K 1DW. There will be also insh Allah a protest in Bologna , Italy. It will be held on the 23rd of January at 12 PM at Piazza del Nettuno. Also on Sunday there will be a protest held at 1 PM  in front of the Egyptian mission to the UN HQ in New York at at 304 East 44th Street.  Now it will not be the last capital in the world that will witness a protest in front of the Egyptian embassy or mission on that coming Sunday because there will be a protest in our embassy in Madrid at 1 PM too.

Our  great Tunisian brothers are going to protest in solidarity with the Egyptian people in front of the Egyptian embassy next January 25, 2011. Also our dear Jordanian brothers are going to protest inn front of the Egyptian embassy next January 25 ,2011. Our brothers in Yemen sent a solidarity email to the admin of “We are all Khaled Said” page.

Just like El General in Tunisia the Egyptian rap singers and bands are making songs for the #Jan25 just  like this one by rapper Ahmed Rock.There are lots of video clips on YouTube made by activists to encourage the people to participate in the protest of #Jan25.

Comments

squaler
Mar 4 2011 23:04

from the g liveblog

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1jnh8wo49c&feature=player_embedded

Video just posted to YouTube appears to be from inside the state security HQ in Alexandria, showing mounds of shredded documents and some of the protesters who stormed the building.

Al-Jazeera also has an eyewitness to the siege of the state security building in Alexandria:

"People are still there, the state security forces are still inside, surrounded by the army. There's probably hundreds and thousands of people here now, in the building ... [the army] is also saying they have orders to arrest [the state security officers]," but say they can't do so until they are able to take them out of the building safely, the eyewitness says.

The clashes broke out earlier this evening, with the eyewitness reporting seeing Molotov cocktails thrown from the building and ammunition fired.

Khawaga
Mar 5 2011 19:55

Today protesters stormed and captured state security's HQ in Nasr City in Cairo. They discovered all kinds of documents, secret cells, torture chambers etc.

Edit: a version of the event from Egyptian Chronicles: http://egyptianchronicles.blogspot.com/2011/03/night-capital-of-hell-fell-down.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed:+EgyptianChronicles+(Egyptian+chronicles)

Mark.
Mar 6 2011 01:03
squaler
Mar 6 2011 18:05

http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23amndawla

havent found news on it but havent looked hard... on the net there are messages though about people being stuck inbetween thugs and military at the ministry of interior HQ... seems many have escaped but some cant get out, others are being pushed around but regrouping in tahrir I've read.

squaler
Mar 6 2011 19:25

AJE: fearing leaked #SS #AmnDawla documents in past 2 days, #USA #Obama sends Defence Secretary Robert Gates to #Egypt http://bit.ly/f3wnjk

ocelot
Mar 7 2011 17:10

Meanwhile it appears that media sources have got so bored with reporting that the Egyptian stock exchange has still not re-opened, that no-one has reported that yesterdays' deadline has passed and still no opening.

The only up to date (yesterday) mention I could find was this

MENAFN.com

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[...]The continued closure of the Egyptian bourse added to the ambiguity of the situation with investors predicting Egyptian stocks to dive when the stock market re-opens, sending a series of negative repercussions across regional markets[...]
squaler
Mar 9 2011 00:12

seems some proper disgusting things happened today to the intl womens day demo in cairo. looks like it built up into a brawl/stampede vs a counter demo of men... women say they were repeatedly groped etc.

also I saw on twitter 1 copt killed today in clashes vs muslims, though later people were tweeting that a copt demo entered tahrir to general applause... and that they are chanting together eed wahda (one hand)... yeah didn't see it in the news though

also some tweets from #tahrir in the last hour

The protesters in #Tahrir square are preparing to DEFEND themselves against a second attack by thugs #Jan25 #Egypt

Groups of thugs yelling and screaming armed with pipes and stones heading towards #tahrir from bab el louq. Mltry police doing nothing

http://www.arabawy.org/2011/03/09/jan25-video-thugs-attack-tahrir-revolutionaries/ Video of thugs attacking #Tahrir

Around 20 lunatics throwing Molotovs at #tahrir protestors but not reaching #Jan25

ocelot
Mar 10 2011 10:46

On yesterday's attack on protestors in Tahrir

AJE: Clashes erupt in Cairo's Tahrir

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"We were attacked by the army and plainclothes thugs destroying the tents and beating up everyone," Salma Said, one of the pro-reform campaigners, said.

"I was very shocked seeing the army coming with sticks, beating everyone and destroying tents over people's heads."
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"We [local Amnesty Int.] have spoken to eyewitnesses who have told us that the army allowed thugs to attack protesters with sticks and swords, the same practice that was used under former president [Hosni] Mubarak.

"It appears that the Armed Forces are simply continuing the same old tactics of repression."
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In another development, clashes that broke out late on Tuesday night when a Muslim mob attacked thousands of Coptic Christians protesting against the burning of a Cairo church have left at least 13 people dead and about 140 wounded, officials said.

The Muslims torched the church amid an escalation of tensions over a love affair between a Muslim and a Copt that set off a violent feud between the couple's families. [fact or rumour?]

The officials said all 13 fatalities, at least six of them Coptic Christians, died of bullet wounds.

ocelot
Mar 10 2011 11:49

You know you've reached a certain stage when the dictats of the government are justified in the name of fighting the counter-revolution.

Egyptian Chronicles: These men are dangerous on the revolution

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The Mubarak regime is not a centralized regime , the fall of Mubarak will not end it. Mubarak was not the head of the serpent which if it is cut , the rest of the serpent will die but it seems that there are many serpents we have cut their heads.
The counter revolution we are currently witnessing is being operated by Mubarak’s loyal men or to be accurate Mubarak’s regime men who are not loyal with one except themselves and everybody knows them by name.
Now the Egyptian Cabinet has admitted officially for the first time there is a counter revolution in its first communiqué* we must wonder why the cabinet and the armed forces council are leaving those men doing what they have been doing all that time !?
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The Yes man [Fathi Sorror] who approved and also tailored the infamous laws that enable Mubarak and his gang to rape the country for decades is accused of sending the thugs of his electoral committee to create sectarian tensions in Moktam and other parts of old Cairo from two days ago. Oh Yes the people identified some of thugs as his there !! Do not be surprised from that , do not forget Al Adly is accused of bombing the two saints Church , these men do not give a damn by anyone except themselves.
[...]

* Statement from Egyptian Cabinet, including statement of standing against the counter-revolution (Arabic) here.

Noa Rodman
Mar 10 2011 16:26
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* Statement from Egyptian Cabinet, including statement of standing against the counter-revolution

lol @ counter-revolution:

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The cabinet issued at the conclusion of its meeting this evening, headed by Essam Sharaf first statement, confirming bias in the government fully to the interests of the people and achieve the goals of his revolution, and stand firmly against the schemes of counter-revolution, and appealed to all citizens to uphold the interests of the country, and to refrain from all practices that would disable the wheel of production.

The cabinet is following with great interest and concern what is going on in the country, has in today's meeting Wednesday, March 9 in studying the current situation in the country, and in particular phenomena and practices, which he will block the regularity of natural life, and causing a state of lawlessness and the spread of bullying and intimidation of innocent people, as well as the tensions that affect the national unity, which is reflected on the suspension of work in state facilities, institutions and the cessation of production, with its negative impact on the economic situation, where are the current practices threaten the ability of the Egyptian economy to recover and create employment opportunities and incomes for our youth.

Noa Rodman
Mar 11 2011 15:13
ocelot wrote:
You know you've reached a certain stage when the dictats of the government are justified in the name of fighting the counter-revolution.

That blog you linked buys into this line of reasoning, which is not so much surprising as revealing about the nature of the 'revolution':

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Now the Egyptian Cabinet has admitted officially for the first time there is a counter revolution in its first communiqué we must wonder why the cabinet and the armed forces council are leaving those men doing what they have been doing all that time !?

What the communiqué identifies as counter-revolution is first of all strikes. These don't have to be only from workers, it can also be within the security forces (like in Algeria). These do effect national unity, which is after all the slogan used by protesters on Tahrir square.

There is also nothing surprising about the fact that the government labels religious tensions counter-revolutionary, and that protesters agree with that; again, the harmony between Copts and Muslims on Tahrir square was under the banner of national unity. In effect the religious bloodshed is harmful to the national unity (I don't think these are part of a Machiavellian plot of the state).

rooieravotr
Mar 11 2011 17:46
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again, the harmony between Copts and Muslims on Tahrir square was under the banner of national unity. In effect the religious bloodshed is harmful to the national unity (I don't think these are part of a Machiavellian plot of the state).

That may be so, though I am not at all sure about the role of state security in all this.... still, I'd rather see unity between people from different religious background, than violence between Copts and Muslims. Whether security forces are instigating the violence or not, these clashes undermine workers' potential strength much more than they undermine 'national unity'. And they give state forces all kinds of excuses and credibility to restore 'order' and pose as 'friends of harmony'. They may or may not have a hand in this, but they certainly profit from it.

ocelot
Mar 15 2011 18:15

It's the gift that keeps on giving

AA: Opening of Egyptian Bourse postponed - again

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Bassem Abou Alabass, Tuesday 15 Mar 2011
Print Send Tweet “The date for the re-opening of the Egyptian Exchange has not been yet been set, and it is under cabinet control now” Sobhy Shehata, spokesman of the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA), told Ahram Online.

There is much speculation from brokers and journalists that the closure of the exchange and the suspension of trading will last until the completion of the referendum for the new constitutional amendments.
[...]
A fund worth LE 250 million ($42 million) has already been set up to offer loans to small investors who were involved in margin trading or who used credit.

"We are now in the process of discussing options with the Ministry of Finance to increase this amount but so far we have not succeeded," said Mohamed Abdel Salam, chairman of the exchange's Clearing, Settlement and Central Depository.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf approved changing the rules of the country's Capital Markets Law in order to ease margin calls by brokerages, to limit volatility when the exchange opens.

When the client's debt reaches 70 per cent of the shares' value at the end of trading each day, brokerages will require investors to pay margins or present more collateral, the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority said on its website.

Brokers had previously been required to make margin calls at 60 per cent. Brokers can also now sell a client's shares when debt reaches 80 per cent of their value, instead of 70 per cent.

The constitutional amendment referendum is due this Saturday 19th. Army, NDP establishment, the MB and the Salafis are for a Yes vote, Copts, liberals, leftists etc. are for a No.

AA: Will Egypt vote 'Yes' or 'No' to constitutional amendments?

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Among the groups campaigning for a “No” vote is the National Front for Justice and Democracy. For Mohamed Waked, a member of the front, the amendments betray the spirit of Egypt’s revolution. “The revolution wanted to dismantle the regime. The amendments recreate the regime. The amendments stipulate that the newly elected parliament will be the entity responsible for drafting the new constitution. The whole game is set so that only the most organized political organizations will win in the next elections.

“Effectively that means that a revamped version of the NDP and the Brotherhood will together win the majority of Parliament. That means that they will be the ones responsible for drafting the new constitution. On top of that, voting “Yes” for the amendments actually includes a direct acceptance of roughly 200 points in the new constitution; it brings “Mubarak’s Constitution” back in the act of amending it. The current Constitution should be completely rewritten by a council that represents Egyptian society as a whole with all its different political spectrums and that includes a fair percentage of women and Copts.”
[...]

Mark.
Mar 16 2011 00:02
ocelot
Mar 16 2011 14:27

AA: Army violently disperses new Copts' protest

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Ahram Portal, Wednesday 16 Mar 2011
Thousand of Copts organised a protest calling for the punishment of all those who attacked and injured pro-Coptic sit-in demonstrators on Sunday night in front of the State TV building (Maspero). The protest began in Shubra after which the protesters mobilised and marched on Maspero.

When the protesters reached State TV, the army met them first by firing into the air and then chasing them off, beating them with electric batons and sticks.

The protesters began as Copts – Muslims also joined in unity – called for the prosecution of any parties involved in the church burning in Atfeeh at Soul Village two weeks ago.

ocelot
Mar 16 2011 14:32

AA: Suez Cement Group trade unionists attacked by thugs

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Yassin Gaber , Tuesday 15 Mar 2011
Trade unionists from the Suez Group for Cement were attacked by thugs at the Airport Sheraton Hotel after trying to attend the company’s general assembly, which typically consists of the board of directors, the company’s trade union and government representatives.

"Thugs the size of door frames grabbed me and broke my leg,” shouted Mohamed Abdel Monsef, head of the trade union.
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By law, workers are allotted ten per cent of company revenues. Today, when the board announced that it would not grant its workers their profit shares, the trade unionists began protesting the decision, but were denied entry into the hall.

Ramadan Omar, general-secretary of the Suez Group trade union, stated: “After being denied entry into the assembly, we will return to the company’s headquarters in Torah and continue our sit-in.”
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Suez Group, one of the largest cement producers in Egypt, is comprised of several companies with production facilities in Suez, Torah, Kattameyya, Helwan and El-Minya. The company which employs more than 3,000 workers was bought out by an Italian cement company called Italcementi Group in 2005.

Abdel Monsef stated that “Torah Cement and El-Mahla Textiles were the first companies to organise strikes in 2005, opposed to company policies on profit-sharing.”

A press conference will be held tomorrow at 10:00am at the Torah Cement factory to state the demands of the trade union, namely the renationalisation of the company.

How big were they, again?

ocelot
Mar 16 2011 15:34

Interesting question...

AA: Egypt's bourse: Much ado about nothing?

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But since [the Eqyptian stock market shut down], there has been much debate among economic analysts and commentators between those who think the bourse’s meltdown means a collapse in the economy and others who believe the Egyptian stock exchange can never be taken that seriously. For them, it’s a scarecrow used to split the revolutionary forces, wreck the strike and put down the revolution.

However, “investing money in the stock market will not save the Egyptian economy,” Wael Gamal, senior business reporter and author, counters.

Even the basis of a healthy stock market, such as transparency, is lacking in Egypt’s version, which has led to its overvaluation. Gamal thinks Egypt’s stock market is still underdeveloped and its role in the economy is being highly exaggerated by the media “I believe these alarms were just a scarecrow, a counter-revolution to get people to stop protesting.”

Maged Shawqi, former chairman of Egypt’s bourse says conversely: “I think that a market with total capitalization accounting for 50-60 per cent of the total GDP, that lists the largest Egyptian companies is quite significant.”
[...]

Samotnaf
May 24 2011 02:49
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Post-Mubarak Egypt 'running out of food'
May 18, 2011

CAIRO, May 18 (UPI) -- Egypt, struggling to consolidate a revolution that deposed President Hosni Mubarak in February, faces what could be even worse turmoil because the country is running out of food as well as the money to buy it.
Food prices went up 10.7 percent in April compared to the same month in 2010, government statistics indicate.
At the same time, Egypt's annual urban inflation rate surged past 12 percent in April, underlining how key factors that triggered the popular uprising that forced Mubarak from office after 30 years remain in play....
What transpires in Egypt, long the leader of the Arab world, could be a pointer to how other Middle Eastern states may emerge from their wrenching political upheavals.
"The most populous country in the Arab world shows all the symptoms of national bankruptcy -- the kind that produced hyperinflation in several Latin American countries during the 1970s and 1980s -- with a deadly difference: Egypt imports half its wheat and the collapse of its external credit means starvation," Asia Times Online observed May 10.
"The civil violence we have seen … foreshadows far worse to come. The Arab uprisings began against a background of food insecurity, as rising demand from Asia priced the Arab poor out of the grain market.
"The chaotic political response, though, threatens to disrupt food supplies in the relative near term. Street violence will become the norm rather than the exception in Egyptian politics."

This bleak assessment in Asia Times Online's Spengler column was underlined by a warning from Ahmad al-Rakaibi, head of Egypt's Holding Company for Food Industries, of "acute shortage in the production of food commodities manufactured locally as well as a decline in imports of many goods, especially poultry, meat and oil."
Egypt is reported to have only four months' supply of wheat on hand and only one month's supply of rice.
According to Al-Ahram, Egypt's leading daily, hoarding of rice by wholesalers has pushed prices up by 35 percent this year.
Egypt's foreign exchange reserves have fallen by $13 billion, or roughly one-third, in the first quarter of the year amid a flight of capital.
The business elite who flourished under Mubarak and ran the economy for half a century are hustling their wealth to safer climes....
Following the 2008 food price crisis, which triggered bread riots in Arab cities, some regional states, increased public sector wages and sought to aid the poor by increasing bread subsidies.
But those measures weren't sustainable without increased revenues, which weren't forthcoming. The non-oil producers all have fiscal and trade deficits.
The wealthy oil states of the Persian Gulf produce little food and import 85 percent of basic food requirements.
The Arab world's dependence on imported food isn't likely to change anytime soon.
The regional states have little arable land and even less water and worsening climate change will make their food situation even more precarious.
"Arab countries are very vulnerable to fluctuations in international commodity markets because they are heavily dependent on imported food," a recent World Bank report cautioned.
"No Arab country is protected from future food-price shocks."

- from UPI.

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Youth groups walk out of Egypt constitution talks, call for mass demonstrations on Friday
Two of Egypt’s most prominent youth groups walked out of a conference of national dialogue on Monday, saying members of ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s party were using the meeting to try to return to political life.
Many Egyptians fear members of the National Democratic Party (NDP), which ruled Egypt during Mr. Mubarak’s 30-year reign, are trying to regain power after a court ordered the party dissolved in April.
The April 6 Youth group and the Coalition of the Youth of the Revolution have called for mass demonstrations on Friday in what they billed a “second revolution” to press Egypt’s military rulers to speed up political reforms and accelerate the trials of Mr. Mubarak and his aides.....
The youth groups complain that not much has changed since Mubarak was toppled on February 11. They are demanding the government cracks down on corruption in state institutions and ensures Mr. Mubarak and his family and aides are put on trial.
“We want the military council to involve us and other political movements in drafting important political laws like those regulating parties and elections,” Ahmed Maher, the general coordinator of the April 6 Youth group told Reuters.
Launched in 2008 on Facebook, the April 6 Youth group was one of Egypt’s first organizations to call for annual protests against Mr. Mubarak’s regime.
The Coalition of the Youth of the Revolution, which includes protesters who participated in Egypt’s uprising that ousted President Mubarak in February, was set up after the revolution to ensure the views of the activists are heard.....
Neither Mr. Mubarak nor his wife has joined other former officials in jail, fuelling speculation they were getting special treatment from the military council. The council last week dismissed speculation it would pardon Mr. Mubarak and said it did not interfere in judicial affairs.

- from here.

ocelot
May 31 2011 11:21
Samotnaf wrote:
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Post-Mubarak Egypt 'running out of food'
May 18, 2011

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The Arab uprisings began against a background of food insecurity, as rising demand from Asia priced the Arab poor out of the grain market.
[...]

This is a side-issue, I agreed with the main thrust of the article, but that particular argument needs to be watched out for. It's a lazy market fundamentalist argument - because markets are an efficient mechanism for balancing supply and demand, therefore it follows that... the recent hike in food prices is due to an increasing mismatch of supply and demand.

In fact, not necessarily so. There is a more complex story around the recent hikes in food prices. I've been meaning to write on this, on a political level for some time. But in the meantime, there are a couple of good critical sources from a liberal, specific issue perspective.

First is Frederick Kaufman's "The Food Bubble" (pdf) article for Harper's last year.

Then there are the resources that the World Development Movement have put up in support of their "make the government stop evil capitalists, now!" campaign around this issue. While you may consider the form of their demands to be hopeless, the educational information about the issue is useful (if, limited).

Red Marriott
Jun 4 2011 01:01

Long interview on background of and prospects for this year's events; http://libcom.org/library/revolt-egypt-hazem-kandil

Lurch
Jun 29 2011 09:19

"Clashes between protesters and security forces engulfed Cairo once again on Tuesday night, as the fiercest street battles since the fall of Hosni Mubarak left dozens injured."

From today's Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/29/egypt-battle-tahir-square-tear-gas

ocelot
Jun 29 2011 10:06

Carrying on today - pretty large scale by the looks of it:

Al Ahram: Live updates

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11:16 Police retreat to the other end of Falaki Street, according to an eyewitness. Around a hundred demonstrators begin moving towards the retreating police.

11:05 In the twitterverse, ElBaradie messages: 'Credibility has been corroded due to the lack of transparency, the slow pace with which things are moving and the inconsistency. We need a clear vision, true participation, a timetable and transparency.'

11:00 Clashes are still on-going at the interior ministry. Protesters are marching down Bab El-Louq Street towards the ministry but are finding their way obstructed by volleys of tear gas. Hundreds are being transferred to the ambulances.

10:58 The cabinet issues a statement on its official Facebook page, stating that Prime Minister Essam Sharaf is calling on all Egyptian youth to protect the revolution. Sharaf adds that there is some systematic plan to spread chaos throughout the country. Furthermore, the prime minister is following the matter and has been in contact with the interior ministry since Tuesday night.

10:55 Health ministry confirms the death of one of the wounded protesters at the Balloon Theatre in Agouza, Cairo.

10:45 Thousands are gathered in Tahrir Square after a bloody night . Police are firing tear gas relentlessly into crowds of protesters along Qasr El-Aini Street close to the American University in Cairo's downtown campus. According to an Ahram Online reporter more than a dozen ambulances are lined up nearby, providing aid to numerous victims, asphixiated by the barage of tear gas.

edit: add

Gigi Ibrahim's account of last night

Guardian live blog

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Later today another potentially explosive encounter will occur in Cairo at football derby match between Ahly and Zamalek. Jack previews the game:

Five months on from the uprising that toppled Egypt's dictatorship, Zamalek and Ahly will clash in one of the world's most hotly contested sporting derbies, commanding a television audience of 40 million in Egypt alone. Parts of the capital will be put into lockdown as thousands of armed police and army soldiers attempt to keep opposing supporters apart.

"It's not just a game," says Hassan Almstkawy, a columnist for Al Ahram newspaper and the country's premier sporting pundit. "Apart from war, only two things can bring millions and millions of people onto the streets: revolution and football. Now we have both at the same time."

which will no doubt be giving the cops something to worry about

edit2: like this in fact (from Al Ahram live blog)

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11:27 Zamalek Ultras group announces on Twitter that they will soon head to Tahrir Square to join the protesters.
ocelot
Jun 29 2011 10:24

Guardian:

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11.08am: Following last night's violence in Tahrir Square and the ongoing street clashes this morning, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has announced it is 'indefinitely postponing' tonight's crunch match between Cairo footballing giants Ahly and Zamalek, writes Jack Shenker.

The game had been set to be a championship-decider and was already a major security concern for the authorities. The protests over the past twelve hours - in which Zamalek 'ultra' fans were among those battling against the police - have convinced the authorities to call it off. The EFA is itself at the centre of revolutionary subversion at the moment.

Prompt, but unsurprising response from the authorities.

ocelot
Jun 29 2011 12:46

Guardian/AMAY:

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1.16pm: The Cairo derby between Ahly and Zamalek is back on, after the Ministry of Interior appeared to over rule the Egyptian Football Association.

Al-Masry Al-Youm reports:

Egypt's security authorities have declared that a soccer game between the country's leading teams, Ahly and Zamalek, will be played as scheduled despite renewed unrest Tuesday and Wednesday in Tahrir Square.

Clashes broke out on Tuesday night between Central Security forces and protesters, including some of the families of those killed during protests earlier this year.

The Ministry of Interior released a statement appealing to football fans and sports authorities to cooperate with the ministry in securing a safe game.

Sheesh.

meanwhile, earlier:

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12:55 Ahly Ultras join the fray.

(from AA)

Guess someone decided the Zamalek and Ahly fans would be better off in the stadium tonight. Quite what happens after the match may be interesting.

Samotnaf
Jun 29 2011 18:22
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OVER 1, 000 WOUNDED IN CLASHES IN CAIRO'S TAHRIR SQUARE
19:49 29/6/ 2011

(AGI) Cairo - At least 1,036 people, including 40 police officers, were injured in clashes in Tahrir Square in central Cairo. It was announced by the Egyptian Health Ministry.

from here

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Several thousand protesters gathered in the square, including many of the relatives of those killed throughout the Arab Spring, to call for the defacto leader of Egypt to resign and country’s military rulers to speed up the prosecution of police officers accused of brutality during the protests. Some demonstrators tore up stones from the street and threw them toward the police, as the police fired bullets in the air and showered the square with tear gas canisters.

- here.

Samotnaf
Jun 29 2011 22:14
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A key youth group, April 6, described the police’s handling of the protests as “brutal” and called in a statement for a sit-in in central Cairo to protest what it said was the failure to implement many of the revolution’s demands and also to show solidarity with the families of the uprising’s victims.

- here.

subprole
Jul 4 2011 13:25

http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/2041/egypt_the-struggle-continues

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Thousands of demonstrators filled expressing anger and determination rallied in Tahrir Square on Friday, July 1. Sharp clashes between youth on the one hand and police and regime thugs on the other on Tuesday and Wednesday June 28 and 29 were the immediate impetus for the demonstration. But in addition to outrage about police brutality, which most Egyptians had hoped was a thing of the past, there is growing dissatisfaction with the limited changes since the fall of former president Hosni Mubarak. [...]
Khawaga
Jul 4 2011 16:52

Large protests have been called for the coming Friday. From friends I heard that the clashes last week were full on. Maybe the lull is over now?