Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thousands of Egypitans Remain Camped in Tahrir Square

Thousands of anti-Morsi protesters camp in Tahrir, clashes move to Simone Bolivar square

Yasmine Wali, Sunday 25 Nov 2012
Ahram Online

Clashes between protesters and police still ongoing but both sides switch the battlefield, moving to Simone Bolivar square adjacent to the United States embassy off Tahrir

Thousands of protesters are still camping out in Tahrir square to protest president Mohamed Mori’s controversial decree, with some engaging in consistent clashes with police forces.

“There are around 5,000 protesters in Tahrir now. They are chanting against the Muslim Brotherhood and are calling for the cancellation of the president’s newly-issued constitutional declaration,” Ahmed Nour, one of the spokesmen of the Revolutionary Socialists, told Ahram Online.

“There are around 30 tents in Tahrir square, five more than yesterday. Sometimes minor clashes occur between the protesters and other people who they suspect of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The clashes between demonstrators and police are now taking place in Simone Bolivar square near the famous Omar Makram mosque, Nour added.

Demonstrators took to the streets after Morsi issued a highly-controversial constitutional declaration which shields his decisions from legal challenges and protects the upper house of parliament and the constituent assembly from dissolution.

Egyptian state TV channels abruptly cease transmission

Ahram Online, Sunday 25 Nov 2012

'No one knows reason for technical problem until now,' says Nile TV head Ali Abdel-Rahman

A handful of Egyptian state television channels – including Channel 1, Egyptian Satellite TV and some Nile TV channels – abruptly vanished from the airwaves on Sunday evening.

While the channels eventually resumed terrestrial transmissions, satellite transmissions had yet to be restored as of 7:45pm local time.

Salah Hamza, managing director of NileSat, the satellite television platform that carries the channels, said: "The connection was broken by sources outside Egypt; investigations are ongoing to determine the source [of the disconnection]."

Hamza said Channel 1 and Egyptian Satellite TV had been set to a new frequency in order to resume broadcasting, while Nile TV channels, too, were in the process of being set to new frequencies.

Ali Abdel-Rahman, head of Nile TV channels, told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website that "no one knows the reason for the technical problem until now now."

Abdel-Rahman went on to stress that Ismail El-Shishtawy, head of the Egyptian Radio and Television Union, was working to resolve the problem with NileSat management.

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