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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:
UPDATE: 1/25/12 530 AM ET / 1130 AM CAIRO
Updates from journalists and activists in the field, as marches begin across Cairo and head to Tahrir:
A few dozen riot police standing around State TV building but clearly not expecting trouble twitter.com/pdanahar/statu…
— Paul Danahar (@pdanahar) January 25, 2012
Hundreds gathered in Mustafa Mahmoud singing anti-SCAF chants & waiting on feeder marches before heading to #Tahrir in an hour
— Jack Shenker (@hackneylad) January 25, 2012
— Gigi Ibrahim(@Gsquare86) January 25, 2012
— Sharif Kouddous (@sharifkouddous) January 25, 2012
— Aya el Batrawy (@ayaelb) January 25, 2012
— Elijah Zarwan (@elijahzarwan) January 25, 2012
UPDATE: 1/25/12 445 AM ET / 1145 AM CAIRO
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:
— Adam Makary (@adamakary) January 25, 2012
UPDATE: 1/25/12 345 AM ET / 1045 AM CAIRO
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
UPDATE: 1/25/12 3 AM ET / 10 AM CAIRO
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:
UPDATE: 1/25/12 230 AM ET / 930 AM CAIRO
"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”.