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Internet goes down In Cairo, Egypt just before largest planned protest

Posted by on 27/01/2011

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Reports have come in from many sources that Internet connectivity is several parts of Egypt has gone down.

With one of the biggest planned protests about to take place soon in Cairo, many reporters and citizens have reported blackouts both on fixed line and wireless/mobile services. One of the reports state the following:

I just received a call from a friend in Cairo (I won’t say who it is now because he’s a prominent activist) telling me neither his DSL nor his USB internet service is working. I’ve just checked with two other friends in different parts of Cairo and their internet is not working either.

The video recording of a protester being shot also sparked quite a bit of outrage both in Egypt and across the rest of the world. Is the government now trying to block communication to hide the severe extent of brutal attacks on Egyptian protesters? The police have been out in their numbers trying to disperse crowds with tear gas, water cannons, and countless shots in the air. Just minutes after the AP video was posted, reports came in that a lot of services suddenly went offline.

Some report still having Internet access but it seems popular social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and others have been down from around tsame time the AP video went live. A ping service to a number of sites also seem to be unsuccessful in Cairo as well.

The Egyptians have been protesting against poverty, corruption, unemployment and police abuses. It seems protests started off very quietly, but with so many people flooding the streets of Cairo, the police took a very offensive stance and cause quite a stir and backlash.

**Update – 28th Jan – 6:00 AM EST**
It seems dial-up Internet may still be accessible in some regions, please confirm with us in the comments if it does.

**Update – 27th Jan – 8:08 PM EST**
Text Messaging services have also gone down, as confirmed by AFP.

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