If you were on Twitter this past Saturday and you happened to be following anyone located in #Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, you would have caught news of the first death out of many, wrapped in a tear gas filled recounting of what started as a peaceful protest. Watching the action unfold in 1 sentence leaks via Twitter was a heavy contrast to the calm city of #YVR viewable from my window. Tear gas dropped from helicopters, out of vents, a hero on a motorcycle acting as a makeshift ambulance through the massive crowd; searching #tahrir on twitter reveals an ever flowing update of the struggle.
Some interesting voices to follow:
@Egyptocracy – I tweet about Egypt and the world. Politics, culture and beyond. Do not take me too seriously, I will surprise you at times. RTs are not always endorsements.
@3arabawy – In a dictatorship, independent journalism by default becomes a form of activism, and the spread of information is essentially an act of agitation.
@hackneylad – Guardian correspondent based in Cairo and London
@cairocitylimits – Would-be rabble-rouser. Cities, space, protest. (posts some interesting and clear images)
@OccupiedCairo – Cairo based producer, part time revolution promoter
@SherineT – Al Jazeera English Correspondent, Middle East/North Africa