This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.
Today is a national holiday in Egypt. The streets were empty. Yet the security forces had their own plans to control the flow of protesters, especially when the usual traffic jams in Cairo's streets are not there to do the natural control of the flow for them.
Rassd New Network published a stunning photo of the protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo down town on their Facebook page (Update: This photo appears to be a copyrighted Getty image, visit Washington Post to see).
In the evening, the number of the protesters in El-Tahrir Square became really huge. Midan El-Tahrir or El-Tahrir Square has been the site for numerous major protests and demonstrations, including in March 2003 when people came out to protest the War in Iraq.
Twitter was reported to be blocked in the afternoon. Before that, some people had the chance to upload photographs to services like twitpic. @M_Na7as uploaded the photograph below on his twitpic account showing how the protesters outnumbered the security forces in the city of El-Mahalla.
Also outside Egypt, people recorded the demonstrations with their cameras. @MafazAlSuwaidan shared the picture below of a protest taking place in Toronto, Canada.
Last by not least, @TheOnlyWarman shared a photo showing trucks filled with soldiers in the calm district of Maadi. Some of the trucks seen in the streets of Cairo, were in fact coming from less tense governorates in order to offer hand to the local forces. And @alasmari shared a photo of torn pictures of the Egyptian president in one of the billboards on the streets.
After completing the project, Layal tweeted:
And Mireille added: