28 Jan '11, 1am

Internet & SMS services were disrupted in Egypt, hours before planned protests were to take place

Internet & SMS services were disrupted in Egypt, hours before planned protests were to take place

Egyptian men and women demonstrate in Cairo on Jan 27, 2010. -- PHOTO: AFP CAIRO - INTERNET service was disrupted in Egypt early on Friday as cell phone text messaging appeared to be down, hours before activists who used both to organise large anti-government protests planned further actions. The interior ministry had said in a statement late on Thursday it would take 'decisive measures' against dissidents who planned protests after Friday noon prayers, saying the activists 'sent messages to citizens to gather in a number of mosques in the provinces during Friday prayers.' Tens of thousands protested around the country on Tuesday in the largest anti-government demonstrations in decades. The protests continued on Wednesday and Thursday, killing five demonstraters and two policemen in clashes. Mobile phone services went down on Tuesday in a downtown Cairo area where most of ...

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