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Egypt: Tweeting the Protests Continues

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

The blackout on the Internet in Egypt was supposed to thwart efforts to let the world know what was happening on the ground, as massive demonstrations against president Hosni Mubarak enter their fourth day. This attempt has failed as the tweets covering the unfolding events in Egypt continued to dominate our Twitterfeed.

As the situation across Egypt intensifies, here's a round up of updates streaming in from Twitter.

A roundup of Twitter posts coming in from sources in Cairo

@alaa: this is the biggest test for the revolution now, will people be able to ignore the curfew? #Jan25

@alaa: police withdrawing and army deploying I'm worried no one knows what this really means #Jan25

@SultanAlQassemi: BREAKING: AL Jazeera Curfew now in Greater Cairo, Alexandria & Suez. #Jan25

@Jan25voices: Live Phonecall: Nile Bridge Closed, El Gamaa bridge closed, Abbas Bridge closed. Trying to divide apart city. #jan25 #jan28 #Egypt

@jonjensen: Things have changed in Cairo. Tens of thousands, maybe 20, have taken midan Galaa in Dokki across from Sheraton. #Jan25 #Egypt

@jonjensen: Cairo smells like tear gas today. My colleagues are reporting severe police beatings, rubber bullets fired. I have not seen this. #Jan25

@Jan25voices: Live Phonecall: reports that powerful, painful water canons are in wide use at Syeda Zainab (poorer neighborhood)#jan25 #jan28 #Egypt

@Jan25voices: Live Phonecall: Balconies filled with people watching. People are going down into the street left and right. #jan25 #jan28 #Egypt

A roundup of Twitter posts coming in from Suez:

@BreakingNews: Egyptians carry the dead body of a protester through Suez after clashes with police, shouting ‘They have killed my brother’ – Reuters

@Dima_Khatib: protesters in Suez have taken control of downtown Army Street. They carry arms that they got from police who pulled out #egypt #jan25

@SultanAlQassemi: Al Jazeera breaking: Protesters take control of parts of Suez & Egyptian security forces are retreating. #Jan25

Updates from Alexandria:

@SultanAlQassemi: Amazing development: Al Jazeera reports that a police officer unit refused orders to fire tear gas bombs at protesters in Alexandria. #Jan25

@AngryArabNews: Alexandria has been liberated: Aljazeera is reporting that police and army withdrew from streets of Alexandria a… http://bit.ly/gu7idh

Protests Spreading Around the Region:

@SultanAlQassemi: Breaking Al Arabiya: Syria suspends internet services

@Esperanza82: Protest in Jeddah #Saudi start by a Woman chanting: “Al-Saud is the Greatest Demon” Riot police surrounding area #Jan25 #Arab #Solidarity

@nmoawad: Protest tomorrow in front of the Egyptian embassy in Beirut at 3pm #Lebanon – send to all groups

@zainalabidean: Started from Tunisia, Yemen and now Egypt…like virus .. who next ???

@rolandsiebelink: Protests in Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt… It sounds exactly like Eastern Europe in 1989. Is the Arab world on its own wave of democratization?

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

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