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Live Blog Feb 1 - Egypt Protests

  • 12:15am Al Jazeera correspondents have been tweeting about the near-total media crackdown in Egypt:

    "There is no internet in Egypt, none at all. Noor was last standing internet provider but it was shut down as well."

    "Rumors of a coming mobile phone crackdown, which would make sense given tmrw is supposed to be a big march & police are back."
  • 12:47am Here's the latest news from our site: Egypt army vows not to use force - Explicit confirmation comes before Tuesday's "march of millions" to force President Hosni Mubarak to step down.
  • 12:58am Google's official blog explains a new technology developed by a group of tech geeks who wanted to contribute positively to the current situation in Egypt. Read more about the new Speak2Tweet tool that allows Egyptians to send messages to Twitter from any phone line:

    "Like many people we’ve been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt and thinking of what we could do to help people on the ground. Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service—the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection.

    "We worked with a small team of engineers from Twitter, Google and SayNow, a company we acquired last week, to make this idea a reality. It’s already live and anyone can tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt. No Internet connection is required. People can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to twitter.com/speak2tweet."
  • 1:09am One of Al Jazeera's correspondents just tweeted: #aje crew was released & will be covering million man rally 2mrw #feb1 #Egypt #jan25 (via phone)
  • 1:30am Internet activists continue to search for ways to keep Egyptians online. Here is another list circulating on the internet, twenty ways to circumvent the internet block, posted by Anonymous.
  • 1:53am  Updated and collated. Audio reports from our correspondents on the ground in Cairo.
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  • 3:27pm Al Jazeera's correspondent in Tahrir Square says that up to two million people are now protesting in Tahrir Square and surrounding areas – including roads and bridges nearby, which are crammed.

    Army is arresting armed men believed to be ex-security personnel trying to penetrate the protestors. A car full of weapons and guns has been stopped and its occupants arrested.
  • 3:34pm Wadah Khanfar, Al Jazeera's Director General, tells the Huffington Post why we should be available on American television.
  • 3:50pm Al Jazeera's Malika Bilal is covering a protest in Doha where people are chanting: 'The people want a change in regime'  (Pic: yfrog.com)

  • 4:00pm The US orders all non-emergency embassy and other US government personnel to leave Egypt. US State Department says it will continue to facilitate the evacuation of US citizens, but noted "flights may be disrupted and transport to the airport may be disrupted due to the protests".
  • 4:11pm Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's PM, says he is putting off a visit to Cairo next week, but will go once Egypt returns to normal.
  • 4:25pm Abdel Haleem Kandeel, secretary of the Kefaya Movement, an Egyptian opposition group, says that there will be no negotiations or dialogue until Mubarak leaves.
  • 4:54pm These are the latest pictures from Cairo's Tahrir Square where over two million people from all walks of live are protesting against Mubarak.
  • 5:16pm Al Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin tweets via phone from Cairo:

    "All #Egyptian protesters I've spoken to say that they will remain in Tahrir Square as long as it takes & chant 'martyrdom or freedom' #jan25"
  • 5:21pm Tweet from Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher:

    "UK to send charter aircraft to #Egypt on Wednesday to bring back Britons who wish to leave"
  • 5:40pm Egyptian state television, in the last hour, has aired the following segments:

    1) An interview with the new prime minister to talk about the makeup and priorities of the new government.

    2) A walkaround with Mahmoud Wagdy, the new interior minister, in the New Cairo neighborhood, where he promoted a new initiative, "Police Serving the People".
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