Now Egyptian protesters launch own newspaper

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cairo, Feb 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Egyptian activists protesting against the government of President Hosni Mubarak have launched their own newspaper to disseminate information about their ongoing revolt.

“The newspaper is just a single sheet and is called ‘Maidan Tahrir’,” said Raed Jaber, editor of Anbaa Mosku, the Arabic-language version of the Moscow News.

He added that the opposition is also trying to set up a radio station.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters Friday gathered on Tahrir Square demanding Mubarak’s resignation on what they dubbed the day of departure.

The 82-year-old president, who ruled the country for three decades, said he was worried that his departure would plunge the country into chaos.

Demonstrators, who have been protesting since Jan 25, have set up a field hospital and spend the nights in tents. Volunteers bring in food and water and special brigades clean up the rubbish.

The situation is calm at the moment though Arab TV channels have reported a few clashes between pro- and anti-government supporters.

The UN said at least 300 people have died in Egypt since the protests began. The Egyptian health ministry said some 5,000 people have been injured.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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