One of my students (thanks Andy) asked whether President Mubarak was in hiding or if he were giving speeches and trying to calm the protestors. We did some quick in-class research and found this compelling 5-minute report from MSNBC, anchored by Brian Williams. It shows protestors clashing with police from a few days ago and includes a clip of President Mubarak speaking about democracy and freedom. So he’s not in hiding (or at least he wasn’t a few days ago when he gave the speech).
The video also points out that half of Egypt’s population is under age 30 (Egypt’s population is about 80 million), and because that group is particularly good at using the Internet to organize, the government decided to shut down the internet in Egypt. How did they do that? They pressured the main Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country to shut down. The last remaining ISP just shut down today (Feb 1). But there’s still dial-up access, as well as satellite phones (cell phone service is also pretty much down).
Here’s the beginning of the MSNBC video transcript (you can see the transcript while you watch — thanks MSNBC!)
Again, here’s the link to the MSNBC video. It’s worth watching.