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Egypt Update: Satellite Photo Reveals Cairo Turmoil, Destruction


A recent satellite photo of downtown Cairo.

Here's a huge ABC News list of threats journalists in Cairo. New York magazine asks, is the time for "putting a flashy news anchor in the middle of a chaotic crowd" over?

Michelangelo Signorile spoke with activist and scholar Rasha Moumneh, a researcher with Human Rights Watch who works with feminist and LGBT groups in the Middle East, including Egypt, on his radio show Tuesday about what the protest might mean for LGBT Egyptians.

You can listen to his audio HERE.

The Washington Blade has a report on gays in Egypt:

Scott Long, former LGBT coordinator for Human Rights Watch, an international human rights group, said he has been in contact with gay Egyptians over the past week.

Many have informed him that LGBT people are among the hundreds of thousands who have assembled in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demand an end to what they view as an oppressive government that has persecuted a diverse segment of the population, including gays, lesbians and transgender people.

“There are LGBT people marching and joining the protests, not as LGBT people,” Long said. “They’re not marching under a rainbow flag. But certainly friends of mine are out there.”

Long said at least two gay men he knows were arrested in the first street protest in Cairo on Jan. 25 — not for being gay but on a charge of disturbing the peace. Authorities arrested protesters on that charge in an initial attempt to stop the demonstrations last week before determining they were too large to control.

LGBT Asylum News also has a report on gays in Egypt.

Today is being seen as a so-called "Day of Departure" for Hosni Mubarak.

After a night of scattered clashes and bursts of gunfire, an uneasy calm prevailed on Friday as antigovernment protesters mustered for what they have called a “Friday of departure” in hopes of maintaining the momentum behind demands that Mr. Mubarak step down after three decades in power. Television images showed thousands of protesters crowded beneath the palm trees of Alexandria, Egypt’s second-largest city on the Mediterranean coast, waving Egyptian flags and demanding Mr. Mubarak’s ouster.

More from Al Jazeera...

Chris Bodenner at Daily Dish posted a video from Cairo's 'Day of Rage' which reportedly shows a diplomatic vehicle running down more than 20 people. He writes...."such rare glimpses of raw violence is the only way for many of us to appreciate the real costs of these protests and see through the statistics. Besides, the rage and desperation displayed by the crowd after the car attack feels more compelling than the blatant shock value of the beginning."

Clip (warning: graphic), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. It is terrifying what is happening over there. I just hope that the same will not occur here in America. It very well could break out though. I greatly fear this.

    Posted by: Jacob Woods | Feb 4, 2011 8:47:49 AM

  2. That photo is nothing compared to what the Egyptian terrorists caused in NYC and DC. I just hope we don't have to send more U.S. $$$ to clean it all up.

    Posted by: Name: | Feb 4, 2011 9:58:19 AM

  3. If anyone was still perplexed why the protesters in Egypt won't give up until Mubarak leaves, I think this video says it all. I really hope the people of Egypt will be able to attain the liberties that all people deserve.

    Posted by: gayermo | Feb 4, 2011 12:09:31 PM

  4. The first two comments on this thread are bizarre. Jacob, you greatly fear mass rioting and government-sanctioned violence toward US citizens? Why, exactly?

    And "Name," the terrorists in NYC and DC were Saudi Arabian, not Egyptian.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 4, 2011 4:00:03 PM

  5. Sorry Paul 2 were from Egypt. Whats even more bizarre, is that the stock market in the U.S. has soared since the protests started

    Posted by: Name: | Feb 4, 2011 4:26:44 PM

  6. Please do not feed the troll!

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Feb 4, 2011 4:33:28 PM

  7. Okay, "Name," 2 of the terrorists on 9/11 came from Egypt. Clearly that means we should take it out on all of Egyptians, right? Do you also think we should take it out on all of the United States because a US citizen committed the Oklahoma City bombing, our country's second deadliest attack? There are whackos in every country and we don't hold it against them. Whether you realize this or not, Egypt has been an ally in defeating Muslim terrorists and, should the people win and democracy come about, there's little legitimate reason to think anything will change about that. It's a secular society.

    Posted by: Ryan | Feb 4, 2011 11:42:27 PM

  8. Kudos to the Egyptian pro-democracy forces, and shame on Obama and Clinton for their slow response to their pal Mubarack.

    Lets freeze all military aid to Egypt and Israel-Palestine now.

    Onward, Joe Mustich, Officiant,
    Red Studio Farm, Washington Green, CT USA

    And when are Americans going to take to the streets and fight the hucksters on Wall St...

    Posted by: Joseph A. Mustich | Feb 5, 2011 9:23:08 AM

  9. From this satellite photo Cairo seem to be back to normal, but with some scars after the "war".
    Now I'm sure they will get back on their feet and start growing together as a nation.

    Posted by: kevin | Feb 24, 2011 3:41:16 AM

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