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Latest update : 2011-02-01

Egyptians are expressing their frustration on the walls of the country

Egyptians are expressing their frustration on the walls of the country. A wave of protests is also sweeping through Yemen and Sudan. And a site remembers the Shoah with thousands of photos available to view online.

Protests in Egypt

« The people want an end to the regime » and also » I want to see another president before I die ». Anti-Mubarak graffiti has been accumulating on the walls of Cairo since the protesting began last week. And even though Internet access has been blocked in Egypt, local web users are managing to find ways to post photos and videos online, to share their accounts of the protest movement.

And some of these documents show the protest graffiti that is appearing on the walls of the capital. Blogger Wael Abbas met a group of street artists who had used a stencil to paint Mubarak’s portrait, accompanied by a message for him to step down from power.

Anti-regime messages warning President Mubarak that his time is now over are multiplying on walls, and also on the ground, on road signs and even on historical monuments like on one of the Qasr Bridge lions.

Messages have even appeared on the armor plated vehicles deployed by the army in Tahrir square. “Hosni, take your son and your corrupt party and leave" or "This is the people’s revolution". Soldiers did nothing to prevent these slogans from being written on the tanks.

This attitude is prompting people to encourage soldiers to join the movement. This officer, whose battalion was not deployed to the capital, has already chosen sides. The soldier was interviewed by blogger Issandr El Amrani whilst surrounded by demonstrators ; he is calling for a democratic transition, and is appealing to people to act responsibly to avoid the country descending into chaos.


Could Yemen and Sudan follow in Tunisia's footsteps?

The Tunisian revolution continues to inspire citizens from all over the world who yearn for more freedom. Following on from Egypt, it is now in Yemen and Sudan that people are protesting against their ruling parties and demanding political change. The mobilization is being widely relayed online.

As these amateur YouTube videos demonstrate, In Yemen, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of the capital Sana over the past few days demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh leaves the ruling position he took control over more than 32 years ago.

Journalist Tawakel Karman is one of the leading figures of this protest movement. This activist was briefly arrested at the beginning of last week and now has near to 5,000 supporters on Facebook, she is encouraging them to continue the movement. Another “day of anger” is planned in the country on the 3rd of February. The event has been widely publicized on the Internet over the past few days and on Twitter in particular.

It appears that this wave of revolution has also reached Sudan. Numerous demonstrations took place in the capital Khartoum on Sunday calling for Omar al-Bashir, in power since 1989, to step down. The majority of the demonstrations were without incident, although there were some clashes with the police as we can see in these images available to view on Flickr.

It is possible to follow the situation in Sudan online via this interactive map which catalogues all the different rallies across the country and also any incidents that have taken place. And the Twitter thread #SudanJan30 is providing regularly updated information on the protest movement.


Do nothing for two minutes

Don’t touch the keyboard or the mouse and relax to the sound of the breaking waves. This is what the site "Donothingfor2minutes" is suggesting. You would think it was an easy challenge but it is actually much more difficult than it seems.


Remembering the Shoah online

The largest collection of documents related to the genocide of Jews by Nazi Germany during the Second World War, can now be consulted online. Yad Vashem, an Israeli organization which commemorates the Shoah, has uploaded 130 000 photos from this dark period. There is also an interactive forum so web users can add their own stories, commentaries and documents concerning members of their family who feature in these online archives.


Video of the day

Smoking is bad for your health but cigarette tobacco can be very useful when creating original works of art. Well, this is what the author of this video believes and has created a picture of King of reggae Bob Marley using nothing more than cigarette tobacco, with a pretty spectacular result.

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