The Arab Awakening – Tweets from Tahrir

[New mobile communication technologies such as twitter have been extremely useful for youth, students, and many petty-bourgeois activists in the “Arab Spring” and its many spin-offs in North Africa and in the MiddleEast.  These communication tools have also been recounted as essential instruments, as if there would be no rebellion without tweets, and that is a ridiculous claim.  Additionally, at certain key junctures, the repressive state apparatus has been able to use these new technologies for enhanced surveillance, and at times, when popular over-reliance on twitter was detected by the police, they could systematically shut it off and prevent communications among rebel groups.  Nevertheless, this AlJazeera account of the role of Twitter and Tweets in Tahrir has fascinating insights to one part of the ongoing story of a revolution that has only taken its first step. — Frontlines ed.]


AlJazeeraEnglish on Feb 19, 2012

Cairo’s ‘Twitterati’ tweeted their revolution for 18 days from in and around Tahrir Square.

Young, urbane and highly-motivated, their tweets revealed the truth of the scale of the uprising which Egypt’s state media sought to hide, and gave a street-level, minute-by-minute account of how the persistence and bravery of the Egyptian people brought down a dictator.

Note: The book ‘Tweets From Tahrir’ by OR Books was the inspiration for this film.

Crowds attack Israel embassy in Cairo

Sep 9, 2011

Hundreds of people have been injured, cars have been torched and the Israeli embassy has been evacuated after thousands of protesters stormed the building.

The protests that started off peacefully in Cairo’s Tahrir square on Friday, soon turned angry with demonstrators facing off with riot police throughout the night.

Sherine Tadros has this report from the Egyptian capital.

Egypt: Before the ‘Arab Spring’, a determined underground media exposed and discredited Mubarak

Egypt: How We Did It When the Media Would Not

May 19, 2011

On February 11, 2011 Egyptians toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak. Blogger and viral video producer Aalam Wassef was one of the many people who worked for years to make it happen. This is first in a series on the daily life of
Egypt’s revolution. It’s a manual on how a civil resistance was built to win.

Egypt: Thousands protest in front of the Israeli embassy in Giza

August 20th, 2011

The protests in front of the Israeli embassy in Giza continue as of time of writing, with thousands calling for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and severing all ties with the Zionist apartheid regime. Protesters are also waving Palestinian flags, calling for war on Israel.

The Guardian (UK)–“Egypt withdraws ambassador to Israel over police deaths”

Protest at the deaths of five officers reportedly shot by Israeli forces chasing Palestinian militants after Eilat attack, Saturday 20 August 2011

Egyptian protesters gather in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo. Photograph: Khalil Hamra/AP

Egyptian protesters gather in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

Egypt says it will recall its ambassador to Israel in protest at the deaths of five police officers, reportedly shot by Israeli forces.

Cairo said it held Israel “politically and legally responsible” for the incident on Thursday, and demanded an investigation and an apology.

Israel has pledged to investigate the deaths, which Egyptian officials say happened during a shoot-out between Israeli forces and suspected Palestinian militants. Continue reading

Egypt army moves in on Tahrir, traffic flows


By Marwa Awad and Dina Zayed Marwa Awad And Dina Zayed

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian soldiers formed lines and moved in around protesters still in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday as traffic started flowing through the square again for the first time in more than two weeks, Reuters witnesses said.

Protesters chanted “Peacefully, peacefully” as the soldiers moved in, and a few resisted the line of troops. There was some pushing and shoving. Some officers talked to protesters.

The army has said it respects the demands of protesters, whose mass action on the streets drove Hosni Mubarak from power. But the military has also called for protesters to return home so that normal life resumes. Continue reading

Cairo, Egypt: Scenes of clashes in Tahrir Square (February 2, 2011)

February 02, 2011
More than 100 injured as pro-Mubarak supporters attack protesters seeking president’s ouster in Egyptian capital.
According to Al Jazeera’s correspondent, peaceful protestors were suddenly charged by men on horseback and camels.
Protestors were scattered and some were trampled underfoot.

More video of Tahrir Square chaos as stones fly, gunshots heard in Cairo

Video of fierce Egypt clashes as pro-govt crowds attack anti-Mubarak protesters