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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Massive Protests Rock Egypt

Tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets today to protest against the government, led by dictator Hosni Mubarak for the last 30 years. Three people died in the civil unrest, including one soldier and two protesters.

Revolutions tend to come in waves, and it's hard not to draw a link from the unrest to the protests that rocked Tunisia before its leaders fled. At least six people have set themselves on fire in Egypt, in imitation of Tunisian dissident Mohamed Bouazizi. The government has since gone to the extraordinary length of forbidding gas stations to sell to people who are not in cars.

Many of the marchers captured the clashes with cellphone cameras, like these:

Further Reading:

NY Times: Broad Protests Across Egypt Focus Fury On Mubarak 



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