Egyptian government tightens grip ahead of protests
January 31st, 2011
07:20 PM ET

Egyptian government tightens grip ahead of protests

The embattled Egyptian government early Tuesday restricted communications and travel ahead of what protesters are calling a "march of millions." Here's what the government has done so far:

  • Noor Group, an Internet service provider, has been shut down, according to the information ministry. The move essentially takes the country offline.
  • The government is also planning to shut down mobile phone networks before the march, the ministry said.
  • Security forces have been laying concrete barriers in front of strategic locations in central Cairo.
  • President Hosni Mubarak has ordered an indefinite train shutdown. "Will help prevent protests from reaching Tahrir Tuesday, plus further cripple economy," CNN's Ben Wedeman wrote in a message on Twitter.
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  1. raven

    I just hope the protesters dont end up being nameless ,faceless martyrs all for naught . I hope they get the changes they want and DESERVE .

    January 31, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    @raven, aren't some of these demonstrators anti-American? I think they bend over and pray three times a day. I don't trust those filthy animals, especially with that Quoran book thing.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |

    What does one expect this cursed Mubarak to do? This creep will do anything to hold on to power and turn the contry over to his son once he's gone. Anything or anyone would be a good alternative to this sleazebag!

    January 31, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |

    THE TROLL IS BACK.. i hate clones

    January 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    @Fake RuffNutt, I don't trust Middle Eastern people that hate America. There are so many good Muslims, but many bad ones hate Americans, Britians, Canadians, etc. Sorry fake RuffNutt, but your writting style although good, I compliment you, is too serious for the true more lively RuffNutt. Why don't you troll, I mean post in your own name? Insecure? Hi real RuffNutt.

    January 31, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |

    what movie is this line from.. 'the more you tighten your grip the more planets will slip thru your fingers..'

    i thiink she said might have been 'systems'

    January 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    @Ruffnutt, Don't know. What movie is this from and which actor said it, "Just when I think I'm out, they pull me back in!"

    January 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |

    star wars...princess leia to the mean old general..then he blows up alderan(her home planet).

    ahh come on you can come up with a better one than that.. ' just when i thought i was out they pull me back in' godfather part3, al pachino..

    January 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @OK RuffNutt: Star Wars, great movie. Just couldn't place that quote. OK, how about this one, "You all need the finger to point to the bad guy....Make room for the bad guy!"

    January 31, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |

    OMG pachino again.. i love him tho.. i liked carlito's way

    January 31, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |

    also i think should get a movie check cause that movie scarface was based on my dad..

    January 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    @RuffNut. Ju wanna play! Ju wanna play! OK! Meet my little friend!

    January 31, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |

    lol.. what they didn't show in the movie was he set that up and faked his death and moved to the phillipines.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Person

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    February 3, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
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    March 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |