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Egypt on the edge and a protest against Egyptian President Mubarak in Vancouver: slideshow

Egypt protest in Vancouver. Photograph by Sean Stiller.

In Heliopolis, Cairo, military police with AK47s, bayonets fixed, stop cars at   checkpoints every 500 m. in town center and a "sense of fear and paranoia" prevails, Stephen Farrell reported  28 minutes ago from inside Egypt on his Twitter feed. "Airport to Cairo: chaotic checkpoints with baseball bats, golf clubs, iron bars. We also saw a horsewhip, hunting rifles & waterpipe..."

A world away, outside the downtown public library in Vancouver, as Egypt banned Al Jazeera and 100 were left dead, more than 100 people gathered  to protest Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's repressive policies and express their desire for the repression to come to an end.

The protest was organized by the Vancouver Stop War Coalition.  Follow @FarrellTimes for updates from Egypt like this:

Overnight, loud tannoy security announcements on the dark, empty streets of Cairo. Shops very worried this morning about looting.

Egyptian cellphone provider sms to subscribers: "armed forces are gathering the sincere men of Egypt to defend our beloved country."

Abu Za'abal jail: black smoke rising from prison building & looters running from front gates with arms & vehicles piled high.

Abu Za'abal prison: Egyptian soldiers sitting on tanks a few hundred meters away, not intervening.

Sean Stiller documented the demonstration in a series of photographs, including the two images below and the images in the slide show at the top of this story.

 

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