I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.
– Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)
A virtual communication blackout in Egypt did not stop tens of thousands of protesters from taking to the streets on Friday for unprecedented demonstrations across the country. They’re up against tear gas, armed security forces, riot police and armored vehicles and they’ve gained incredible momentum despite the regime’s command to cut most mobile phone and Internet services.
As one observer noted, in Egypt, “the Internet is OFFLINE but the struggle is ONLINE.”
The global Internet community has rallied together to offer proxy services and alternative modes for communicating the developing story.
You can follow the live twitter feed on Al-Jazeera here.
And watch what’s happening on the streets live on Al-Jazeera’s TV feed.
And finally, the following message is obviously not for any of my peeps in Lebanon because we don’t have enough Internet to go around as it is, but you can help Egypt by donating bandwidth! Click here to learn more.
Only one thing is certain in Egypt now: uncertainty.