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Egyptian Revolution Updates II

January 30, 2011

9:16 a.m From Stuart Munckton on Facebook “PJ Crowley, a US state department spokesman, said Egyptian people “They are looking to their government for a meaningful process to foster real reform”. Actually, I think you will find they are looking for their government to FUCK OFF.”

9:33 a.m Funny video showing up US’s hypocrisy on Egypt

9:35 a.m From We are all Khaled Shalid on Facebook

“Call with Alaa Shahin now from Tahrir Sq:

◦We thank everyone outside of Egypt for their continued support

◦We will continue our protests at Tahrir Sq until we achieve our victory

◦We will organize a civil movement on Tuesday afternoon – this will involve a larger number – millions of protesters”

9:40 a.m,-cut-prices-190862 Mubarak tells new prime minister to cut prices and  create jobs. Protestor says Mubarak lives in an alternative universe and asks how he doesn’t understand that everyone wants him gone.

10:48 a.m

George Galloway on what is happening in Egypt.

3:15 p.m

Youtube video of Sydney rally in solidarity with the people of Egypt.

9:51 p.m Back again. Big news in Egypt, as reported on blog before, million person march has been called for Tuesday and an indefinite general strike has been called. The revolution enters a new  phase and going on the offensive.  Also, thanks to Nick Southall for passing on news that Egyptian workers have formed a new, indepedent trade union. A major step. which said the following

“Today, representatives of the Egyptian labor movement, made up of the independent Egyptian trade unions of workers in real estate tax collection, the retirees, the technical health professionals and representatives of the important industrial areas in Egypt: Helwan, Mahalla al-Kubra, the tenth of Ramadan city, Sadat City and workers from the various industrial and economic sectors such as: garment & textiles, metals industry, pharmaceuticals, chemical industry, government employees, iron and steel, automotive, etc… agreed to hold a press conference at 3:30pm this afternoon in Tahrir Square next to Omar Effendi Company store in downtown Cairo to announce the organization of the new Federation of Egyptian Trade Unions and to announce the formation of committees in all factories and enterprises to protect, defend them and to set a date for a general strike. And to emphasize that the labor movement is in the heart and soul of the Egyptian Peoples’ revolution and its emphasis on the support for the six requirements as demanded by the Egyptian People’s Revolution. To emphasize the economic and democratic demands voiced by the independent labor movement through thousands of strikes, sit-ins and protests by Egyptian workers in the past years.”

9:57 p.m Reports: All banks are closed and ATM’s are out of money, worries that this will lead to economic collapse across the region.

10:24 p.m Protests are swelling already in Cairo, larger than what they were yesterday at this time, showing people aren’t tired, New interior and finance  minister. I’ll make the bold prediction and say it won’t make difference at all to protesters resolve.

10:45 p.m From Dan Nolan ” Food prices rising v quickly now. So too petrol & phone cards. But yet to find an ATM in Cairo that has any money left”

10:49 p.m “Rumours circulating in military circles internet will come back on when people go home. So I guess we could be waiting a while then!” Mubarak says to protestors, if you stop protesting, we’ll give you youtube in return. No dice, I imagine, they’ll say.

10:53 p.m Angry Arab says  “Every day that passes with the US refusing to support the ouster of the Mubarak regime, adds a decade of Arab public resentment against the US.  And then they dare ask: why do they hate us?”

10:57 p.m Chants from Tahrir Square: “Leave, leave O Mubarak. Tel Aviv is waiting for you.”

11:04 p.m Guardian reports the following

“There’s some confusion about Mubarak’s new cabinet.

Egypt’s former trade minister Rashid Mohammed Rashid has refused to join the new government, the broadcaster al-Arabiya reports.

The Enduring American live blog has the latest on other ministerial appointments.

General Mahmoud Wagdy replaces the long-time Minister of Interior Habib el-Adly.

Gawdat El-Malt, formerly of the audit office, is reported to have appointed as Minister of Finance. But he denied he is part of the new government, according to al-Arabiya.”

If true, those eho rejected it seem to be smart, their job will probably only last a day.

11:07 p.m Leaflets being passed aroud to promnote million person march at liberation square. In other news, Western Media shocked to learn that people don’t need a facebook invite to attend an event.

11:17 p.m Six al jazerra journalists arrested in Egypt! al Jazerra analyst says new appointments of interior minister would indicate they are preparing for major crackdown(as all appointments as military men). Arresting journalists would be a sign they are preparing to move in. Protests getting massive, police ordered back on streets. Helicopters are back out.

11:19 p.m Strike shuts down banks and businesses thrughout Egypt.

11:23 p.m International Trade Union Confederation statement on Egypt is here: They support general strike in Egypt.

11:29 p.m

AP reports on general strike call:

The coalition of groups including the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood said it wants the march from Tahrir, or Liberation Square, to force Mubarak to step down by Friday.

The groups also called for a general strike today, although much of Cairo remained shut down, with government officers and private businesses closed.

“We don’t want life to go back to normal but until Mubarak leaves. We want people to abandon their jobs until he leaves,” Israa Abdel-Fattah, one of the protest organizers and one of the founders of April 6 group, a grass-roots movement of young people that has been pushing for democratic reform since 2008.

Banks, schools and the stock market were shut for the second working day. Long lines formed outside bakeries as people tried to replenish their stores of bread, the main source of sustenance for most Egyptians.

11:34 p.m Army setting up roadblocks throughout Cairo.

11:36 p.m From We are all Khaled Said facebook group

More than 100 thousand protesters are in Tahreer square now. The plan is to have tomorrow as a Multi-million protests with 1 million in every city. Friday will be Mubarak’s day of departure & Egyptians day of anger with millions in front of presidential palace. Many thanks to the millions of public supporters from US & all over the world. Your support is invaluable.

11:53 p.m Inspiring mass protests that are laying the basis for overthrowing a dictator  Egyptians throwing the shackles of oppression! and what does the Murdoch Press have to say on it all “Reform hopes lost amid anarchy as looters run riot” is the headline of a frankly appalling and, if you may indulge me, counterrevolutionary article by journalist John Lyons. You’d think by reading it that the real injustice is that he lacks room service at his hotel. Anyway,  here is the spewtastic article:

12:24 a.m Investor panic sees up to$500 million withdrawn from Eqypt everyday.

12:35 a.m Al-Jazerra journalists released but cameras detained.

12:49 a.m Military constructing concrete walls around Liberation square, trying to prevent vehicles and civilans from being able to acess to the protest site.

12:57 a.m Angry Arab says “Don’t believe a word about how the US is clashing with Mubarak. Not one word. Much of the rhetoric of the US administration and its propaganda outlets like the NYT and Washington Post are lies layered with more lies. If the US wants Mubarak out, it would have made a public statement to that effect.  I have a feeling that the US stance has in fact hardened against Mubarak’s ouster in the wake of Obama’s phone conversations with two experts on Egypt: Netanyahu and Saudi King.”


1:06 a.m  More than 50,000 protesters are now in the streets of Mahalla

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