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Daily life of the Tahrir square protesters

The web shows what daily life is like for the occupants of Egypt’s Tahrir square. The Cuban authorities are wary of the web and social networks. And in England a grandmother chases away 6 robbers.

Tahrir square protesters

The protesting against Hosni Mubarak’s regime continues in Egypt. Thousands of demonstrators continue to occupy Tahrir Square in Cairo, day and night. It has become a veritable nerve centre for mobilization in the country, a rallying point where citizens have been doing what they can in order to pursue their combat in decent conditions.

Day time for the occupants of Tahrir Square appears to be well organized, and this from the moment they wake up. As these images illustrate, some protestors start off their day doing physical exercise, whilst chanting slogans attacking the Egyptian President.

Others are taking care of supplies : these images were uploaded onto Facebook by Gigi Ibrahim and show that there are now several stands in Tahrir Square, serving, amongst other things, drinks, couscous and also dates: And proof that the protesters have thought of everything, even the rubbish is gathered together to making getting rid of it easier.

The number of makeshift shelters in the square, to sleep in at night or to use during the day, is also growing. In this video posted on YouTube, we see hundreds of families gathered under the tents, made using carpets and other covers. These images suggest that the vast majority of the occupants of this strategic position are prepared to stay there until Hosni Mubarak is no longer in power.

And as for bathroom facilities, numerous Twitter users have been explaining how they can count on the support of local shopkeepers as well as people who live near Tahrir square, who are letting protestors use their toilets and showers.

And even if the situation in the country is far from returning to normal, certain scenes suggest that morale amongst the demonstrators is pretty good. A wedding even took place in the square on Sunday, as we see in this video available to view on sharing sites.

Finally, nightfall does not stop the anti-Mubarak rallies. As these images illustrate, protestors often meet up in a festive atmosphere and sing together, hailing the bravery of the Egyptian youth and demanding immediate political change in the country.

 

Cuba portrays Internet as evil

According to the man in this video, the Internet is a battle field and the United States supports cyber dissidence in Cuba, with a view to over throwing the government in Havana. The video was posted online last week by an anonymous web user, filmed last June we see this computer expert speak to an audience that is suspected to be composed of Interior Ministry officials.

The expert has since been identified by readers of the blog "Penultimos Dias” as computer engineer Eduardo Fontes Suarez, who accuses Washington, notably, of wanting to create secret wifi hotspots by illegally bringing in satellite communications equipment onto Cuban territory.

He recommends a counter attack from pro-government bloggers in order to neutralize the influence of cyber dissidents like Yoani Sanchez.

In addition, the appearance of this video comes at a moment when Cuba is about to be connected to Venezuela with a fiber optic cable. But for Yoani Sanchez, even if this connection was originally intended to strengthen the authorities’ power over the people, web users will end up having the final say on how they use it.

 

It all adds up: Tricount.com

With Tricount you will no longer have any problems managing group expenses with friends … the site balances up your books for you. Participants in a trip or an event can set up an account to manage their spending and then share the information with the group. Once all the purchases have been entered, the balance section will display who owes what to whom. This is a practical idea and will help avoid tiresome accounting amongst friends in the future.

 

NY Philharmonic archives online

Leonard Bernstein’s recording of Gustav Malher’s ninth symphony; this is just one of the treasures posted online by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the digital archive project. Thousands of scores, concert programs and correspondence between the musicians that have marked the history of this prestigious institution are already available to view online. When the project is completed, web users will be able to access around 8 million pages.


Video of the day

These images have been viewed countless times on the British web since Monday. We see a group of 6 men break into a jewelry shop in Northampton in England. The robbery was going smoothly until a 72 year old grandmother arrived and starts attacking them with her handbag, forcing them to make a quick getaway. Amidst all the panic, one of the crooks lost control of his scooter and was stopped by a passerby inspired by the actions of the women web users now refer to as the handbag heroine.

 

By Electron Libre

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