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Fear of Government Completely Shattered for Egyptians As Protests Continue

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As the Egyptian revolution unfolds, tune in to this live blog -- check back for updates periodically throughout the day. Mubarak and the U.S. appear to be working to develop reforms that can calm the anger in Egypt. But, it seems like they do not want to admit the people will not leave the streets until Mubarak resigns.

11:07 PM ET Samer Shehata, professor of Egyptian and Arab politics at Georgetown University, appears on Al Jazeera and gives further confirmation of Interior Ministry security people looting and fomenting chaos and anarchy. Suggests that Mubarak wants to show people and world that either you get my regime or you get this. And, he point out that this chaos was not seen Friday or any of the days before. Just now as the Mubarak regime grows more desperate.

8:06 PM ET "The people have become the police. You don't see the police on the streets right now." - Al Jazeera Reporter on people doing neighborhood watch, checking on people to make sure they do not have weapons or working to prevent looting and damage of property

Al Jazeera has put together a slideshow "The Domino Effect: Pan-Arab Unrest"

Jane Mayer's book The Dark Side was being talked about earlier because now-VP Omar Suleiman was featured in stories of the CIA rendition and torture program in Egypt. Mayer has now put up a short post on The New Yorker website.

5:46 PM ET Reports now from Al Jazeera of Interior Ministry snipers firing on protesters: "Gunfire has been heard coming from the direction of the interior ministry in Cairo during a confrontation between guards and protesters, and the National Press Building next to the NDP headquarters is on fire."

There are tweets circulating saying looters and thugs that are engaged in violence against Egyptians are carrying Interior Ministry IDs -- " Al Jazeera says the looters have ID's & weapons of the interior Ministry -Getting multiple calls saying the same Al Jazeera says the looters have ID's & weapons of the interior Ministry -Getting multiple calls saying the same"

5:07 PM ET - An activists' action plan has been circulating. News organization like The Guardian have put together summaries for the pamphlet. The pamphlet: 

Protesters in Cairo are advised to gather in large numbers in their own neighbourhoods away from police and troops and then move towards key installations such the state broadcasting HQ on the Nile-side Corniche and try to take control "in the name of the people". Other priority targets are the presidential palace and police stations in several parts of central Cairo.

The leaflet includes aerial photographs with approach routes marked and diagrams on crowd formations. Suggested "positive" slogans include "long live Egypt" and "down with the corrupt regime". There are no signs of slogans reflecting the agenda of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood. It advises demonstrators to wear clothing such as hooded jackets, running shoes, goggles and scarves to protect against teargas, and to carry dustbin lids -" to ward off baton blows and rubber bullets -" first aid kits, and roses to symbolise their peaceful intentions.

Diagrams show how to defend against riot police and push in waves to break through their ranks. "The most important thing is to protect each other," the leaflet says.


Read the pages for insight into the strategy and tactics some Egyptians have been utilizing to fuel the uprising since it escalated on Friday.

4:13 PM ET - This message from an activist in Egypt now circulating on Twitter.

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Kevin Gosztola is a writer and curator of Firedoglake's blog The Dissenter, a blog covering civil liberties in the age of technology. He is an editor for OpEdNews.com and a former intern and videographer for The Nation Magazine.And, he's the (more...)
 
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