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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Twitter blocked in Egypt as protests turn violent (Video)

By Melissa Bell
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Anti-government protesters gather at Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

Protests have brought Cairo to a standstill this week as thousands have poured into the streets, shouting "Down with Mubarak" and clashing with riot police. The demonstrators are calling for an end to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's nearly 30 years in power and were inspired by the Tunisian uprising that ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali on Jan. 14.

The protests were organized on Facebook and Twitter, though reports are now surfacing that Twitter is being blocked in Egypt.

Vodafone Egypt seems to confirm the news that Twitter has been blocked:

We didn't block twitter - it's a problem all over Egypt and we are waiting for a solution.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

Despite the ban, people have still been tweeting about the events:

♻ @alaa: RT @embee: No Mobinil or Etisalat coverage in zamalek. Data or voiceless than a minute ago via Choqok

Protesters chanting 'Tunis Tunis,' 'Change or Death'less than a minute ago via Mobile Web

Egypt gets its Tiananmen square moment. Man bravely stands in front of armored vehicle! Must watch! http://mar.gy/DGJh #Jan25 #Egyptless than a minute ago via web

"Yesterday we were all Tunisian. Today we are all Egyptian. Tomorrow we'll all be free" #jan25 #sidibouzid #opegyptless than a minute ago via web

Follow along with the tweets about the protests using our Twitter translator:

(The program uses Google Translate, so there might be some errors and some profanity.)

Select "English" from the drop-down menu to translate Tweets to English using Google Translate.


Here's video from earlier on Tuesday:

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Anti-government protesters gather at Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo. (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Reuters)
egypt protests
Anti-government protesters gather at Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)
egypt protests
Egyptian demonstrators clash with police in central Cairo during a protest to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

By Melissa Bell  | January 25, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
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Comments

Hopefully barry's friends in the governments of Syria, Palestine and Yemen will feel the riots as well.

Posted by: nomobarry | January 25, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Congrats , brave people of Egypt , a World is watching ! The end of Hosni Mubarak 's authoritarian regime is very close . Go Egypt Go , and get it . The leaders of the movement should be closely watched . They should not be allowed to sell short the people of Egypt .You have to stay with the movement unless you achieve goals of full freedom and all civil rights . There will be some extremist and fanatic in ranks , isolate them and do not let them take control of leadership positions in the movement . The road to a democratic and and civil society will be long and hard . Nevertheless , tolerance , accommodation and respect of each others view would eventually help to get a lot for the civil society . They only live who dare !

Posted by: dmfarooq | January 25, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse

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