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Egypt: Protests erupt on anniversary of revolution (LIVE BLOG)

What's happening from Cairo's Tahrir Square.

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The Times noted that increases in food prices and decreases in subsidies have sparked riots in Egypt in the past. The economic strife that sharpened anger against former President Hosni Mubarak's regime has only gotten worse.

UPDATE: 1/25/12 930 AM ET / 430 PM CAIRO

A video from the Associated Press showing rallies across Egypt marking the one year anniversary of the fall of President Hosni Mubarak:

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Updates from journalists and activists in the field, as marches begin across Cairo and head to Tahrir:

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Al Jazeera English producer, Adam Makary, posts a Twitter update (with photo) from the restive city of Suez, where protests have already kicked-off in the main square. Suez revolted in a serious way during last year's uprising, and has the potential for violent clashes again: 

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Al Jazeera Mubasher, a local sister station for Al Jazeera Arabic, is broadcasting a live stream of protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Watch the stream with a grain of salt, however. Crowds will no doubt be quite large, but Mubasher is known for exaggerating protest size. Here's a link to Al Mubasher's YouTube live stream:

But as the crowds indeed swell, Egyptian web-based news site, Ahram Online, offers a comprehensive overview of what marches are happening today across Cairo and that will converge at Tahrir at various times throughout the day: Jan 25 anniversary demos: All roads lead to Tahrir


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Egyptian citizens across the country will be headed into demonstrations amid a few key political developments on theeve of the anniversary. Here are a few of yesterday's events that have the ability to affect protests on Jan. 25, 2012:

  • Egypt's de-facto leader and head of the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF), Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, declared last night the end to a decades-old emergency law, which gave police sweeping powers to arrest and detain Egyptians at any time. Tantawi included a serious exception, however: he said the law would still be applicable in the case of "thuggery," a term often used by SCAF and pro-regime figures to describe anti-government protestors. 


  • Revolutionary members of the newly-inaugurated parliament called for members of SCAF to be tried for the murder of protestors over the past year. The parliament announced it would form committees to investigate the deaths, and summoned the prime minister and other cabinet officials. One of the key demands of the revolutionaries organizing today's protests is justice for those killed. 


  • Jailed blogger, Maikel Nabil, was released last night after serving 10 months of a three-year sentence for "insulting the military." He was pardoned by Tantawi on Saturday, and many activists had hoped his emancipation ahead of planned anniversary demonstrations would galvanize protestors. 


UPDATE: 1/25/12 230 AM ET / 930 AM CAIRO

Protests marking the first anniversary of Egypt's popular uprising are underway in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Hundreds, if not thousands, have already converged on the massive plaza in the heart of the capital. Concerns about plans by security forces to withdraw from demonstrat sites prompted rights group Amnesty International to issue a statement calling for the protection of protestors: 

"Rather than abandoning the sites of planned demonstrations, the security forces must act responsibly by ensuring that everyone can safely exercise their right to peaceful expression and assembly," said Hassiba Hadj-Sahraoui, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director.

"In a polarized environment where protesters have been portrayed by some state media and the authorities as trouble makers and as counter-protests are planned on the day, the position of the authorities risks amounting to a dereliction of their duty”.