The Scent of Jasmine (live blog)Posted: January 28, 2011
The military and the police are on the streets.
A strict curfew is in place.
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Protesters across Egypt defy curfew: Buildings and vehicles set alight across the country as anti-government pro… http://aje.me/fdndau
Thousands of people in Jordan have taken to the streets in protests, demanding the country’s prime minister step down, and the government curb rising prices, inflation and unemployment.
In the third consecutive Friday of protests, about 3,500 opposition activists from Jordan’s main Islamist opposition group, trade unions and leftist organisations gathered in the capital, waving colourful banners reading: “Send the corrupt guys to court”.
The crowd denounced Samir Rifai’s, the prime minister, and his unpopular policies.
Many shouted: “Rifai go away, prices are on fire and so are the Jordanians.”
Another 2,500 people also took to the streets in six other cities across the country after the noon prayers. Those protests also called for Rifai’s ouster.
Members of the Islamic Action Front, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood and Jordan’s largest opposition party, swelled the ranks of the demonstrators, massing outside the al-Husseini mosque in Amman and filling the downtown streets with their prayer lines.
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“We are deeply concerned about the use of violence by Egyptian police and security forces against protestors. We call on the Egyptian government to do everything in its power to restrain security forces,” Clinton said.
“At the same time, protesters should also refrain from violence and express themselves peacefully.”
Tens of thousands of Egyptians spilled onto the streets after Friday prayers in the capital and several other provinces, demanding the ouster of Mubarak and calling for economic and political reforms.
Calling Egypt a “strong partner” of the United States, Clinton urged Cairo to engage the Egyptian people about reform.
“We want to continue to partner with the Egyptian government and the Egyptian people. What will eventually happen in Egypt is up to the Egyptians,” Clinton told reporters.
MSNBC: Clinton: Egypt must respect citizen rights, reform: U.S. says country’s crackdown on protesters of ‘deep concern’. There are videos at this link.
Egypt has dropped a digital iron curtain over its Internet. So WikiLeaks’ fans are using an analog tool to smuggle the secret-spilling site’s latest scandals into the country: fax machines.
On Friday afternoon, the loose hacker group Anonymous began a campaign to fax thousands of copies of WikiLeaks’ latest missives–a series of State Department cables revealing human rights abuses under Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and tacit U.S. backing for his administration–to Egyptian numbers.
Since Thursday night, Egypt has blocked its four largest Internet service providers, Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, and Etisalat Misr. But landlines remain connected–and so, Anonymous believes, do landline-connected fax machines. “We stand up for the little guy as well as fighting the government,” one source within Anonymous writes to me. “We believe the people need to see the truth, which is why we’re faxing locations in Egypt (especially schools) with copies of a relevant WikiLeaks cable; due to the majority of Egyptian Internet being down, the public cannot access this vital information.”
On a crowdsourced document the group uses for planning, members listed fax numbers of half a dozen Egyptian schools as their first targets. “The idea is to distribute the information to students, who can then share it with others,” says another source within Anonymous. “Right now they need to know that the police cannot be trusted and the wikileaks cables are just more proof of that.”
So, here’s two things to take from this that are important. The first is that our press is putting up our political spokesmodels on this rather than relying on people with a stake in the area. My second take away on this is that the Egyptian government shut down the internet and the only source of information is state run TV which is broadcasting everything is alright. Here’s a Wikleak of interest on Joe “Kill Switch” Lieberman. Plus a question, how can you say you live in a democracy when the President of the United States is looking at an Internet Kill Switch? Here’s an interesting link. Senator Lieberman asked for advice from Gamal Mubarak.
More Wikileaks released today: US embassy cables: Egypt’s bloggers take on key role as political activists
Also: Some GREAT news from AJ:
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Great news: Al Jazeera “Thousands of Egyptians form human-chain around Egypt Museum to protect it from looting” #Jan25
There is evidently going to be some statement from the White House soon. (1:50 p.m. cst)