Saturday, February 12, 2011

Live blog Feb 12 - Egypt protests

By Al Jazeera Staff in on February 11th, 2011.
From our headquarters in Doha, we keep you updated on all things in Egypt, with reporting from Al Jazeera staff in Cairo and Alexandria.
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(All times are local in Egypt, GMT+2)
7:15pm Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, has welcomed assurances from Egypt's military that Cairo will respect its peace treaty with Israel, a statement from his office said.
"The longstanding peace treaty between Israel and Egypt has greatly contributed to both countries and is the cornerstone for peace and stability in the entire Middle East," the statement said.
7:10pm Egypt has slapped a travel ban on several of the country's former ministers, including the former prime minister Ahmed Nazif, who was sacked by Hosni Mubarak before he stepped down from the presidency, state television reports.
6:18pm: Al Jazeera's producer in Cairo tweets:
Clean-up initiative not confined to #tahrir, young egyptians also wiping off graffiti in dokki http://yfrog.com/h3hnjyfj
Cleaning graffiti in Dokki, Egypt

5:00pm Social Media Week, a global event involving discussions on emerging trends in social and mobile media, wrapped up yesterday. But in case you missed it - watch this lively panel debate Egypt, social media and Al Jazeera's coverage.
4:00pm Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from Cairo, says the curfew hours in the country have been reduced, and are now in effect from midnight until 6 am. Meanwhile, state tv announced that the stock market is due to open on Wednesday.
3:29pm The New York Times reports on how Friday's events in Egypt seemed to take many news organisations by suprise - many except for Al Jazeera:
There was no hesitation on the English-language service of Al Jazeera, which covered the uprising 24 hours a day and provided an up-close, almost personal experience of populist revolt. At times, the coverage looked less like a front-row seat to history than a video game — World of Warcraft: Anti-Mubarak Edition. 
3:11pm Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has just issued its fourth communiquĂ© broadcast live on state television.
In the announcement, the country's new military rulers promised to hand power to an elected, civilian government. They also pledged that Egypt would remain committed to all international treaties - in an apparent nod to its 1979 peace treaty with Israel.
2:05pm Mark LeVine, a regular Al Jazeera commentator, describes the sense of exhilaration among Egyptians at Cairo's Tahrir Square. Read the full article here.

1:01pm
Mark LeVine, an Al Jazeera English commentator, was with the mother of Khaled Said, a 28-year-old Egyptian who died in police custody on a street in Alexandria last year, when the news came in that Hosni Mubarak had resigned. Watch the clip here.



12:21pm
Egyptians woke to a new dawn on Saturday after 30 years of Hosni Mubarak's rule. Full of hope and joy the pro-democracy protesters that occupied Tahrir [Liberation] Square for 18 days started an operation to clean the square.
Mohammed Ramadan, a film maker, wrote on his Facebook page: "I am going to clean the square in a bit... everyone bring  plastic bags... mops... or anything that we could use."

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11:50
The Associated Press news agency has reported that Syria's state-run press is praising the fall of the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

The Al-Baath daily of Syria's ruling Baath Party said Mubarak's departure will change the "face of Egypt, the region and the entire world."

Al-Baath
said Egypt under Mubarak was "at the service of the Zionist and American project."

11:27am
Lamis Andoni, an analyst and commentator on Middle Eastern and Palestinian affairs, writes about how the Egyptian revolution has resurrected a new type of pan-Arabism, based on social justice not empty slogans. Read the full article here. http://aje.me/ajelive

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[AFP]

10:30am
James Bays, Al Jazeera correspondent, has said Egypt's constitutional council will hold a crisis meeting to discuss the nation's constitutional changes later on Saturday.

10:22am
Al Jazeera's Web producer met the newly formed "youth coalition" who are speaking on behalf of a broad array of voices in the square. 
"It is the first protest in the history of Egypt that gathers every colour of the political spectrum for one goal: the departure of Mubarak and his regime." Read the full article here.

9:33am
Egyptians have woken to a new dawn after 30 years of rule under Hosni Mubarak, read it here..

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[AFP]

9:15am
Al Jazeera looks back at the 18-day-old revolution that remade Egypt and the wider Middle East.



9:01am
The military has began to remove the barricades around Tahrir Square.
8:36am Crowds in Tahrir Square are swelling again. Some people have gathered around a shrine built in honour of the estimated 300 people who were killed during the protests. Elsewhere in the square, people are dancing while some men are trying to clean up the area.

7:49am Al Jazeera's James Bays, in Cairo, says that while people are celebrating Mubarak's departure. there are growing calls for him to be brought to justice. "People say it's just not  good enough that he's gone to his villa in Sharm el-Sheikh ... And I can't think of any case in the past where an ousted leader has been able to live peacefully in his country."
7:15am In this video, we're wrapping up the key events which forced Mubarak out of office.
6:55am This comic by Sarah Gidden illustrates how people around the world followed the Egyptian revolution online. "We were listening to the news in real time and directly from the people. No anchors, no filter. Instead, the voices and emotions of individuals."
6:28am Tahrir Square still buzzing and so is online social media. One of the jokes being circulated: "Mubarak died and met the late presidents Anwar Sadat and Gamal Abdel Nasser in the afterlife. They asked him: Poisoned or assassinated? He replied: Neither, Facebook!"
5:57am An official Chinese newspaper has called for stability in Egypt after the fall of President Mubarak and said foreigners should not intervene, in Beijing's first reaction to the leader's resignation.
"Given Egypt's status as a major Arab power of pivotal strategic importance, if the current situation continues to deteriorate, it will not only be nightmarish for the 80 million Egyptians, but also perilous to regional peace and stability," the China Daily said in an editorial.
State television referred briefly to Mubarak's fall. Chinese internet sites have restricted public comment on the uprising.  The Sina.com micro-blogging site, which operates like Twitter, told users searching for comment on Egypt that it could not be displayed for legal reasons.
4:52am Footage of Tahrir Square the moment the news broke that Mubarak resigned:

4:48am Thousands of Egyptians are still out on Cairo's Tahrir Square celebrating the resignation of Mubarak.

4:43am View of Tahrir Square from space, captured on 11 February at 11:18am local time, courtesy DigitalGlobe.
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4:25am The most influential Twitter users of the Egyptian revolution:

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3:16am Our correspondent Rawya Rageh, reporting from Tahrir Square, just tweeted this:
Oh man! Egyptians are not going to bed tonight.. and clearly neither am I! The streets are NOT clearing out at all!!
3:12am Amr Moussa (to CNN) - when asked if he would run for president - said: "This is not a question to decide today".

2:40am Headlines on the front page of Al Ahram, Egypt's largest - state-owned - newspaper from before and after the resignation of Mubarak. Above: "Millions out in support of Mubarak" - under: "The people overthrow the regime"
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  • elzorroadrian 19 hours ago
    One final thought before I take a break....I would like to invite everyone of us to please educate ourselves about geopolitics as well as US foreign policy and intelligence, before spewing out what can easily become misinformation.

    Everything Retri has been telling us about the threat of the military in power, is correct. I stated that earlier as well and if you research what just happened here, you'll find out it is true too.

    The exit of Mubarak and the military "soft" coup, were planned and orchestrated in advance. I posted several articles here with the evidence that this was in the works. So STOP reading like a CNN newscaster at the service of Empire and saying the people wanted this, the army is neutral, the army is honorable, the demonstrators don't have a plan, a democratic transition has been secured because of the military intervention and the rest of those lies and false propaganda being put out there by the US and the media to justify this aberration that just happened.

    Don't take my word for it, but don't let your emotions cloud your mind, your critical thought abilities or your research skills. NONE of the groups that are legitimate, again, LEGITIMATE representatives of the progressive political opposition wanted this result. They will have a hell of time to wrestle power away from these people now. It's a different fight, but perhaps no easier than the one they just won against a single man. Now the regime is faceless too...just like what made the demonstrators hard to beat...no single leader to assassinate, or kidnap or throw in jail. With Mubarak gone as a figure head, it is the whole regime they will have to go after, not just one man, and the military is the the armed caretaker of this regime...

    (Thanks to all the brave voices here for withstanding the affronts of the dangerously misinformed and for choosing to promote critical thought and analysis when the tide is pushing us to embrace one of the best orchestrated political deceptions I have seen in my many years of revolutionary solidarity work.)

    Hasta la Victoria Siempre
    Viva el Pueblo Egipcio
    Viva la Revolucion
    Muerte a la Mentira
    Muerte a la Traicion
  • aBitterTruth 8 hours ago

    "Removal of AMERICAN SUPPORTED DICTATOR and ISRAELI SYMPATHIZER Mubarak was a great revolution but Egyptian beware, transfer of power to Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is THE CONSPIRACY BY AMERICAN and ISRAELI TO MAINTAIN THEIR INFLUENCE IN EGYPT. America has bribed military for 30 years and they are bribing now as well. Make sure power is transferred to civilian other wise whole purpose of this great revolution will fail. Believe me American and Israelis are very smart and they know how to safeguard their interest By hook or by crook.”

  • lovinmusic 19 hours ago
    Congratulations Egypt! As an American Jew, I hope we can learn to have far more cultural and personal contact with ordinary Egyptians... I highly respect and admire the non-violent means you used to achieve a more democratic Egypt - Mazel Tov!!!!
  • punditate 15 hours ago
    CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN EGYPTYIAN BRAVEHEARTS!

    BUT PLEASE BE WARY OF:

    1. THE US

    2.. THE WEST

    3. THE ARMY

    4. SULEIMAN

    5. ALL MUBARAK'S RESIDUE

    6. EL BARADEI
    ( HE jumped onto the bandwagon just 18 days ago.
    Where was he all the while? Enjoying life as a Western Frontman,
    Imbuing and saturating himself with all things western. Half of Washington DC
    are his friends.)

    MY bet is:
    BARADEI is the West's and US's best PRESIDENTIAL candidate ( a true long-time pal)

    SULEIMAN is their best VICE-PRESIDENTIAL candidate ( continuum from all things past.)

    Current ARMY CHIEF still at status quo ( another OLD GUARD as the NEW GUARD )

    PLEASE ALL EGYPTIANS BRAVEHEARTS
    ,
    ALWAYS BE WARY
    ALWAYS BE VIGILANT
    ALWAYS BE ON GUARD

    I shall keep praying for your true emancipation.
    ( Even though someone posted to me that there is no God.)
  • OPEN THE BORDER BETWEEN EGYPT AND GAZA STRIP!
  • The protesters shouldn't quit yet the old regime is still in place the Army haven't set a deadline for election. And they are talking about honoring all agreements the past gov't. It might be a trick! The people should demand elections in a few days!
  • colorado_usa 20 hours ago
    You did it!

    You show the light to anyone and everyone in our world who yearns for freedom but feels helpless.

    You show the promise to anyone and everyone that hope can win, non-violence is the way to huge victories, that future belongs to those who are willing to stand for something.

    Today is not the end of the struggle for democracy. Today marks a milestone of a beginning, of Egypt's rebirth.

    Today, joy is in the air. We are all proud.

    Thank you.
  • What has happened in Egypt is a huge shift for humanity. Egyptians are such great people! It was so wonderful to watch you these past 18 days and to get to know you and your love for one another. I am grateful to Aljazeera and to CNN for their 24/7 coverage of what may well be the most significant event of the 21st century. Egypt will change the face of all the Arab nations and indeed the face of the world. The world watched you take care of one another and risk your lives for a better world. I hope that your example will be a beacon to light the way for world peace. And I'm glad for the great exposure that Aljazeera--a wonderful news media was able to get. I've been reading you for a few years, but I know that many Americans met you for the first time during this revolution. THANK YOU EGYPT, YOU BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE. Many of us in America will be watching over you in the coming days, week and months AND I just heard Anderson Cooper say the same thing. Not that you need any help, but one can never have too many friends.
  • It is vital that Egyptian People remember that among the greatest beneficiaries of the Mubarak Police state were the top Military commanders. If all that happens is a turn of power from Mubarak to the Generals without rapid handover of power to a civilian interim government composed of all parties and a new constitution and immediate disbanding of the members of the Mubarak regime, the revolution will have been from one dark force to another. It is not time to rest. It is time to reflect and prepare in my opinion.

    Bing Duffminster
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Justice anywhere is a threat to injustice anywhere.” There is a lot of Justice in Egypt's Tahrir Square.
    Today, it's a more just world for all of us. Thanks Egyptian Freedom Demonstrators.
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