Egyptian Protests Continue; Al Jazeera Cairo Bureau Shut Down; Sudanese Students Protest in Khartoum (Weekend Links)


The latest out of Egypt: thousands of protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square are demonstrating, even though the military is firing shots into the air to scare them off. New protests are also being reported in Alexandria Suez. Yesterday, Pres. Mubarak appointed Omar Suleiman (whom the Times calls the “establishment candidate”) as his vice president, in a move that hasn’t appeased the angry Egyptian crowds.  [Al Jazeera]

UPDATE: Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei is speaking to the crowds in Tahrir Square; he told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that “it is loud and clear from everybody in Egypt that Mubarak has to leave today, and it is non-negotiable for every Egyptian.” [CNN]

Egyptian state television reported today that the Cairo bureau of Al Jazeera has been shut down, and its reporters’ press credentials are being revoked. Al Jazeera released a statement saying that it “strongly denounces and condemns the closure of its bureau in Cairo by the Egyptian government,” and promising to continue coverage in the area. [HuffPo]

In Sudan, students demanding the resignation of the government are clashing with police in Khartoum. The protests seem to have been inspired by what’s going on in Egypt. Riot police are beating, arresting, and firing tear gas at students demonstrating in central Khartoum. [MSNBC via Reuters]

In other, wayyyy lighter news, Serbian Novak Djokovic has defeated Andy Murray to win the Australian Open. [NYT]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 30, 2011

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