Monday, January 31, 2011

Video of fighter jets & choppers over Cairo as military tries to take control

Egypt protests: Eyewitness accounts

Protests at Tahrir square, Cairo, Egypt, 25 January, Photo: Maryam Helmy Maryam Helmy: "There were thousands of people full of rage and anger"
Thousands of people took part in rare anti-government protests in Egypt after an internet campaign inspired by the uprising in Tunisia.
In Cairo, where the biggest rallies were held, police used tear gas and water cannons in an attempt to disperse the crowds. At least three people have been killed, reports say.
Here, eyewitnesses describe the atmosphere during the day's events.

Some people say that they won't stop until Mubarak is gone”
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Read more :BBC News - Egypt protests: Eyewitness accounts


Fighter jets swooped low over Cairo on Sunday in what appeared to be an attempt by the military to show its control of a city beset by looting, armed robbery and anti-government protests. Minutes before the start of a 4 pm (1400 GMT) curfew, at least two jets appeared and made multiple passes over downtown, including a central square where thousands of protesters were calling for the departure of President Hosni Mubarak. Police could be seen returning to some streets nearly two days after virtually disappearing, creating a security vacuum only partially filled by the presence of army troops backed by tanks at key sites around this city of 18 million people. After days of escalating chaos, gangs of armed men attacked at least four jails across Egypt before dawn Sunday, helping to free hundreds of Muslim militants and thousands of other inmates.

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