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article imageEgyptian protests intensify; offices on fire, curfew imposed

By Andrew Moran     Jan 28, 2011 in World
Cairo - Loud explosions can be heard, smoke can be seen around Cairo, the ruling National Democratic Party headquarters are on fire and ammunition is being fired. All of this is occurring in Egypt as protests intensify.
Is Egypt in a revolution?Digital Journal reported Thursday on the protests in Egypt that have led to at least seven deaths, including a demonstrator who was shot dead in the Sinai region. This follows the deadly protests in Tunisia and has led to rallies in Yemen.
In the last hour, the demonstrations in Egypt have strengthened, so much so that President Hosni Mubarak has ordered a curfew that is going to last indefinitely from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. in the cities of Alexandria, Cairo and Suez, reports the Globe and Mail.
“According to what some provinces witnessed in terms of riots, lawlessness, looting, destruction, attack and burning of public and private property including attacks on banks and hotels, President Hosni Mubarak decreed a curfew as a military ruler,” one State Television announcer stated.
However, though, according to the Al Jazeera, protestors have already broken that curfew and have marched on the Sixth of October Bridge. The demonstrators then begun to attack an armored vehicle and set it on fire.
Furthermore, the ruling National Democratic Party headquarters and offices in Cairo and other cities are reported to be on fire. Witnesses say that fire and thick black smoke can be seen throughout the country.
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Dozens of protestors have climbed on tanks in Suez, but troops are attempting to wave them off. Moments ago, though, protestors across the country momentarily ceased in order to take part in the final prayer of the day in the middle of gunfire, chaos and disorder. However, during the time of writing this sentence, protests resumed.
The chaos engulfing Egypt is being seen around the world. According to Haaretz, protestors outside the Egyptian Embassy in Tel Aviv are demanding and urging a regime change. Meanwhile, Bloomberg News reports that the Egyptian Pound bonds declined, which pushed yields to record highs.
Check back for continuous updates.
Update #1: Thousands of protestors are attempting to break into the foreign ministry and a State TV building in Cairo.
Update #2: Security forces are avoiding direct conflicts with Egyptian protestors during daylight hours.
Update #3: The number of protestors is increasing because reports have it that police are not properly enforcing the curfew.
Update #4: CNN just reported that Pres. Mubarak has extended the curfew nationwide.
Update #5: Protestors chanting in front of the Information Ministry: "The people and the army, we are one."
Update #6: Police attack protestors during the final prayer of the day. The picture has gone viral through Twitter. Click here to view.
Update #7: Protestors are allegedly looting items from the ruling party headquarters, Al Jazeera is reporting.
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