Egypt Out of Control

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. State Department has told U.S. citizens who want to leave Egypt, ‘report to airport immediately’.

A battle between allies of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his opponents is entering a second day as dawn approachs. No one appears to be safe, including the media.

Pro-Mubarak supporters opened fire on anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square, killing at least one, witnesses have said.

MSNBC is covering live:

It’s looking more and more like a revolution in the streets of Cairo.

A few recommended reads on the evolving crisis in Egypt include Nicholas Kristof: The View From Tahrir:

Today President Mubarak seems to have decided to crack down on the democracy movement, using not police or army troops but rather mobs of hoodlums and thugs. I’ve been spending hours on Tahrir today, and it is absurd to think of this as simply “clashes” between two rival groups. The pro-democracy protesters are unarmed and have been peaceful at every step. But the pro-Mubarak thugs are arriving in buses and are armed — and they’re using their weapons.

Also read:

And check Memeorandum for more headlines and discussions… and NY Times blog The Lede has great day by day coverage.

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