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Egypt shuts down internet and blocks mobile phones as security forces gear up for biggest anti-government protests yet

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WIL LONGBOTTOM
UK Daily Mail
Jan 28, 2011

Demonstrators continued to clash with security forces in Egypt in the early hours of this morning ahead of the biggest protests yet against President Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

Galvanised by the mass demonstrations which toppled the authoritarian leader of Tunisia, Egyptians have planned to stage further protests after weekly prayers.

It comes after the Egyptian government shut down access to the internet in the country in a bid to stamp out unrest and text messaging services were also partially disabled.

Activists have been relying on social networking services including Twitter and Facebook to organise the protests.

Police clashed with mobs of protesters in Suez – the centre of some of the most violent demonstrations – this morning, firing tear gas at crowds who hurled stones and petrol bombs.

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