Egypt: Is the Army on the People's Side?

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

Following massive protests across Egypt today, the army was deployed to enforce a night time curfew. On Twitter, the news was received with surprise, with reports that the army was on the people's side.

Following is a selection of tweets from across the region.

@flashboy: AJ report from Alexandria suggests the Egyptian army's decided which side they're on, and it's not Mubarak's – shaking protesters’ hands.

@news_view RT @BreakingNews: Egyptian army ordered onto the streets, but they do NOT appear to be taking any action against protesters -NBC's Richard Engel #Egypt #Jan25

@terriaminute: Demonstrators in Cairo surrounded a military vehicle, but they were cheering the army #jan25 #awesome

@SultanAlQassemi Must see: Egyptians saluting massive army presence in downtown Cairo. #jan25

@DannyRamadan: Four Army cars on Qasr al-Neel bridge and protesters are standing ontop of them cheering and waving Egypt flags. It looks peaceful. #jan25

@ReneeEverett: People cheering army on the streets of Cairo. #Egypt

@ShahbazWeb: Looks like army is with the revolution – long live Tunis Fever! #Egypt #TunisFever #jan25

@shamanyalkhaili Army joining forces with protests !!!

: “In other words, if the army ever decides to shoot into a crowd of unarmed protestors, it will be shooting with hardware provided by the US”

@strangetales CNN: Nationwide curfew now in effect for #Egypt. Nobody obeying it. Nobody enforcing it. Protesters cheer the army's support. #jan25

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.


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