Friday, January 28, 2011

LIVE. Egypt: Mubarak's party headquarters on fire

On the fourth day of an unprecedented protest against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak protests continue this Friday in Egypt. Downtown Cairo is particularly the scene of violent clashes between forces of order and demonstrators. Dozens of wounded to lament while the death toll has risen: Nine people have been killed since Tuesday, including two today. Several foreign journalists were manhandled and arrested.
6:28 p.m.. The Quai d'Orsay calls on French citizens to limit their movements in Egypt.
18 h 24. Protesters stormed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces Al Jazeera.
18.20. The army is moving in the cities of Alexandria and Suez. In Cairo, fires are raging in various parts of the city.
6:17 p.m.. The head of American diplomacy, Hillary Clinton, called the Egyptian government to "do everything in its power to restrain the forces of order" and denounced the blocking "unprecedented" communications in the country. It also calls for "immediate" and "economic reforms, political and social" from the government.
18:15. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Mubarak to allow "peaceful demonstrations".
5:46 p.m.. According to the television channel Al Jazeera, the army opened fire when protesters tried to climb on tanks.
5:42 p.m.. Barack Obama said he was "very concerned" by events that take place in Egypt and once again called on Cairo to respect the rights of Egyptians and to restore access to the internet and social networks.
17.35. As Sweden earlier, Denmark advises its nationals any unnecessary travel to Egypt, with the exception of tourist destinations on the Red Sea coast.
17.25. Protesters set fire to the headquarters of the ruling National Democratic Party in Cairo. The building, overlooking the Nile, is in flames, according to images broadcast live by television.
5:18 p.m.. Protesters have "legitimate reasons for dissatisfaction," said the British Foreign Minister, William Hague, who said he was "concerned about the images from Egypt," calling on "all parties to exercise restraint."
5:07 p.m.. According to CNN, President Hosni Mubarak is expected to speak in the evening, breaking the silence he observed since the protests began in Egypt Tuesday.
4:55 p.m.. "Violence must be avoided and human rights respected," believe the United States who feel "deeply disturbing" events taking place in Egypt.
4:49 p.m.. Hosni Mubarak appealed to the army. The Egyptian president has asked the military to lend a hand to the police to enforce security and enforce a curfew declared in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez, announced on state television. According to an AFP journalist, an army tank parked in the vicinity of the building on national television. 4:43 p.m.. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called for the lifting of emergency rule in force for nearly 30 years in the country. This is expected "long and is the source of much frustration and anger that overflows in the streets now," she said.

4:37 p.m.. The curfew was declared in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez, according to state television announced that reinforcements arrived in Cairo.
16 h 34. Witnesses said the demonstrators set fire to two offices in Cairo, where clashes continue in the streets.
4:21 p.m.. Dozens of people were injured in downtown Cairo, near the Place de l'Opera, according to an AFP journalist. Paramedics evacuated the wounded protesters in this area of downtown in the late afternoon when the streets of the Egyptian capital were never empty.
4:16 p.m.. Journalists from foreign media's attacked by police in Cairo. "They were journalists deliberately," testified the BBC reporter, SaWey Assad, on the airwaves of his media. "They took my camera and when they arrested me, they started beating me with truncheons, metal and electric batons," he continued, adding that many foreign journalists covering the same event in central Cairo had been "loaded into trucks and taken somewhere."
4:10 p.m.. Demonstrators set fire to the headquarters of the governorate of Alexandria, in the center of the second city of Egypt, according to an AFP journalist. Several demonstrators forced their way into the enclosure of a police station in another area downtown.
15:55. Witnesses said protesters had seized weapons in the police station in the district Arbayine Suez, which they were set on fire. Eight police cars were burned.
3:39 p.m.. One dead in Suez announced. Eyewitnesses quoted by AFP, a protester was killed in Suez. This is a driver of 30 years who was shot in the head while several thousand protesters tried to storm the police station in the city. His death brings to nine the number of casualties since the start of events.
3:23 p.m.. "There are many people in the streets. It's incredible, people want to overthrow Mubarak! "Said the receptionist at a hotel located in the popular Tahrir (Freedom), in the heart of Cairo. "There are people everywhere, I see from my window, the police charged with tear gas. I see them run. There are many who want to enter the hotel to get away, "he continues. "The situation becomes dangerous for my country. The police charge. It loads even with gas. It hurts, "he quips before terminating the conversation, fearing arrest by the police, the ubiquitous neighborhood he said.
15.10. "Nowhere in the world security is capable of ending the revolution," said Mostafa al-Fekkai, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Assembly and member of the National Democratic Party in power. He called Hosni Mubarak to "unprecedented reforms."
2:55 p.m.. The four French journalists arrested in Cairo by police were released, according to AFP quoting Philippe Gelie, one of the editors of Le Figaro. "Police in civilian clothes were released after more than an hour of discussions," he says. Journalists working for the Sunday newspaper, Le Figaro, the photo agency Sipa and Paris-Match.
14h20. Several sources suggest the death of a protester, a middle-aged woman, Tahrir Square, Cairo.
14.15. According to his son, Ayman Nour, leader of the centrist, liberal and non-religious opposition Hizb al-Ghad, was wounded in the head by a stone and would be in the hospital.
14h07. At Suez, protesters reportedly broke into a police station and would have released those arrested during the last two days of demonstrations.
1:55 p.m.. According to witnesses and journalists of Al Jazeera, there are currently 40,000 demonstrators in Mansoura.
13:40. The pictures show Suez televisions a cordon of policemen, few, easily overwhelmed by demonstrators.
1:35 p.m.. Protesters spread on the deck of October 6, the name given to the road linking Cairo to the airport.

1:27 p.m.. Ali Ahmad, a journalist with Al Masry Al Youm, great opposition newspaper, an estimated 100 000 demonstrators gathered in the streets of Alexandria.
13.15. Police smashed cameras of CNN and a German television.
1:10 p.m.. The telecommunications giant Vodafone provides on its website that all mobile companies operating in Egypt were ordered to suspend their services in some areas of the country.
13 hours. According to the BBC in Arabic, the seat of the NDP, the party of President Hosni Mubarak in Ismailia, was ransacked. Many older women, and workers have taken part in protest marches.
12:57. ElBaradei would not be arrested but prevented from leaving the mosque, according to Channel 4.
12:54. The crowd gathers on the main road near the party headquarters of Hosni Mubarak, chanting "democracy for the people."
12:50. Four French journalists were arrested in Cairo, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They work for the Journal du Dimanche, Le Figaro, the photo agency Sipa and Paris-Match.
12:45. The opponent ElBaradei would be in the hands of the police.
24:42. In Jordan, Amman, more than 3000 people march against high prices and government economic policy. "O Egypt, spread your men and rid us of Hosni Mubarak," cried the Jordanians.
12.40. Thousands of protesters, according to witnesses quoted by Reuters, converge in downtown Cairo, and Suez, Mansoura and Sharqiya.
24:34. Al Jazeera reports that demonstrators approaching a residence of Hosni Mubarak.
12.20. Police use tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a crowd of a thousand people in Alexandria. According to CNN, young protesters retaliated by throwing stones.
12 hours. A protest march began in the town of Kafr Al-Dawar, an industrial city to a handful of miles from Alexandria.
11:54. Clashes broke out between police and demonstrators in the presence of ElBaradei, before the al-Azhar mosque in Cairo.
11.50. The opponent Mohamed ElBaradei, who returned Thursday night in Egypt, participates in the weekly prayer with 2000 people on a public square in central Cairo.
11:30. The UN gets involved. Freedom of expression must be "fully respected" in Egypt, asked Ban Ki-Moon on the sidelines of the economic summit in Davos (Switzerland). The UN secretary general also urged the political authorities in the region to consider this situation as an "opportunity to commit the resources to meet the legitimate aspirations of their peoples."
10:30. The police deployed en masse in the capital, according to CNN.
10 hours. On Twitter, the messages are increasing: Mobile phone networks are cut, corded phones work only.
8 hours. Communications cut. The Internet is unavailable, the information is confirmed in all major hotels Cairenes contacted by AFP.
7 hours. Social networks and SMS no longer run since midnight in some neighborhoods of Cairo, the capital. Egyptians expect the phone networks will soon be cut, as Tuesday when the first manifestations.
3.30. The authorities are clenched. Twenty members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the first opposition force in Egypt, were arrested on the night of Thursday to Friday, including five former members. Earlier, this training represents 5 million people had called to participate in events on Friday.
2:54. Human Rights Watch condemns the disproportionate use of force. The NGO also states have "real concerns about possible abuse" which could be people arrested in demonstrations.
1:40. A committee of solidarity with the struggle of the Egyptian people called to meet this evening at 18.30 instead of the Fountain of the Innocents, behind Les Halles, Paris.
Friday, 0:07. "Violence is no solution to the problems of Egypt," says Barack Obama. The U.S. president has delivered a speech to pussyfoot, Mubarak and the reformers.
Thursday, 23:50. The Egyptian Interior Ministry warned the demonstrators who have protested again on Friday. "The Interior Ministry said that decisive steps be taken to deal with such shares in accordance with the law," said a

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