Egypt: Live from Cairo

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

As thousands of Egyptians march from Tahrir Square, to call for an end to president Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule, the world cheers on.

Despite a total Internet blackout, reports continue to pour in. Here is the latest selection of 140 character messages from Twitter – some from people on the ground, reporting live from Cairo.

@fustat: R @alaa ♻ @justimage: Today is the day. No one around me is scared, only excited and ready. #Egypt #jan25

@bencnn: Yes, I'm tweeting like Jack Kerouac on Red Bull because I don't know when can tweet again, thanks to communications crackdown. #Jan25 #Egypt

@JustAmira: Now on Al Jazeera Mubasher #jan25

@SultanAlQassemi: Al Arabiya: The main road linking Cairo to Suez has been shut. (Suez is 130 km from Cairo, Population 500,000, witnessed large protests)

@nolanjazeera: Ok i'm back on the airwaves, pretty hairy day yest! Soldiers seized cameras,laptops,phones. Now got a nokia circ 1995 but its workin #egypt

@nolanjazeera: Then marched us toward Liberation Sq ironically enough but took a right into grounds of Cairo museum for questioning #Egypt

@nolanjazeera: Commanding officer said he knew we're doin our job but it makes his job v difficult! “Jazeera is a problem” also told us to stop reporting

@sharifkouddous: Got searched by at 3 army checkpoints and 5 citizen checkpoints. Frisking an looking at IDs to prevent state security forces in

@shadihamid: Opposition activist in tahrir: ‘we do believe this is the end’ #jan25 #egypt

@shadihamid: Activist calls & warns: regime's last chance is chaos outside pres. palace & uses that as pretext to attack protestors #jan25

@shadihamid: Activists: lieutenants told them that there were orders to shoot but those were lifted, likely due to intl pressure #jan25

@alaa: I can't believe mubarak is that stupid? he sent 3 thugs with knives to attempt to terrorise 10s of thousands?!!! #Jan25

@Aboosh: #Egypt! The whole world has its eyes on you today! Excited to see you stand up for ur freedom & dignity! Make us proud! #feb1

@shadihamid: Reports of NDP thugs outside Cairo attacking buses trying to come in to the city #jan25

@sharifkouddous: Wow. It's 10am and already more people in Tahrir than I have ever seen. And there's more flooding in #Egypt

@tomgara: Web, then phones, then trains – Mubarak is turning off progress in reverse order. It ends with him banning pottery, or agriculture. #jan25

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

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