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Egypt's revolution timeline

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PROLOGUEJUNE 26 2010 – KHALED SAID
Last June, carrying the picture of a young man beaten to death by police in Alexandria, with chants of ‘We are all Khaled Said’, revolt in Egypt began to brew.

PROLOGUEJANUARY 14 – TUNISIAN PRESIDENT QUITS
President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali leaves power and flees to Saudi Arabia after more than a week of intense protests.
 
DAY 1 – JANUARY 25 – DAY OF ANGER
National holiday for Egypt’s police. Thousands of people march in Tahrir Square, Cairo. Police use water cannon and tear gas to control their movement.
 
DAY 2 – JANUARY 26 – PROTESTERS DEFY BAN
Egyptian authorities impose a ban on protests but demonstrations continue in Cairo and Suez. Social networking sites Facebook and Twitter are closed down in Egypt.
 
DAY 3 – JANUARY 27 – ELBARADEI RETURNS
Nobel peace prize laureate and critic of the Mubarak regime Mohamed ElBaradei returns to Egypt after years in exile
 
 
DAY 4 – JANUARY 28 – ARMY ROLLS IN
Internet and mobile phone networks blocked as tanks come onto the streets. A curfew is announced
 
 
DAY 5 – JANUARY 29 – MUBARAK SACKS CABINET
Unrest grows, dozens of people reported dead. Mubarak tries to calm anger by dismissing his government
 
 
DAY 6 – JANUARY 30 – TOURISTS BEGIN EXODUS
More and more tourists begin to leave the growing unrest as the army blocks the pyramids.
 
 
DAY 7 – JANUARY 31 – ARMY HOLDS FIRE
Egypt’s army says it will not use force against peaceful protesters and guarantees freedom of expression
 
 
DAY 8 – FEBRUARY 1 – MARCH OF A MILLION
Emboldened by the army’s restraint, more than a million people take to the streets. Mubarak offers talks with the opposition.
 
 
DAY 9 – FEBRUARY 2 – THE REGIME STRIKES BACK
Mubarak loyalists join the fray and there are violent clashes with anti-Mubarak protesters. Signs emerge that the Egyptian economy is buckling under the strain.
 
 
DAY 10 – FEBRUARY 3 – FOREIGNERS BECOME TARGETS
Foreigners in Cairo, including journalists, become targets of what seems like an organised campaign of violence.
 
 
DAY 11 – FEBRUARY 4 – OBAMA BEGINS TO TURN ON MUBARAK
President Obama gives his strongest hint yet that the US is turning against its old friend Mubarak, calling for a transition process to start straight away.
 
DAY 12 – FEBRUARY 5 – MUBARAK CLEARS OUT HIS PARTY
Mubarak removes leaders from his party, including his son Gamal, in a renewed bid to appease the protesters. But he remains at the head of the NDP and the country.
 
 
DAY 13 – FEBRUARY 6 – MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD JOINS THE TABLE
Talks begin between the regime and opposition parties including the Muslim Brotherhood, a group which had previously been banned from Egyptian politics.
 
 
DAY 14 – FEBRUARY 7 – GOOGLE EXEC BOOSTS PROTESTERS
Google executive Wael Ghonin is released from detention. After playing a major role in organising protests online, he brings fresh impetus to demonstrations.
 
 
DAY 15 – FEBRUARY 8 – RED FACES IN PARIS
It emerges that the French prime minister had enjoyed Mubarak’s hospitality during his New Year holiday. The diplomatic shortcomings of European countries and the US become clearer for all to see.
 
 
DAY 16 – FEBRUARY 9 – STRIKES RAISE FEARS OVER SUEZ CANAL
With the unrest hammering the Egyptian economy, strikes by Suez Canal workers lead to rises in petrol prices across the globe. With protesters still packed into the streets of Cairo, economic worries make the status quo unsustainable.
 
 
DAY 17 – FEBRUARY 10 – WILL HE STAY OR WILL HE GO?
Fervent speculation from the army, regime leaders and the US lead protesters to believe Mubarak will not last another day in power. Their hopes are smashed when Mubarak declares he’s going nowhere.
 
DAY 18 – FEBRUARY 11 – MUBARAK QUITS
After 30 years in complete control of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak is finally forced out of office and the army takes power.