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Monitoring the Black Bloc’s Role in Egypt’s Protests

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The increasingly large (and violent) protests in Egypt are being tracked by several Covert Contact monitors – Egypt, Egypt Widescreen, Muslim Brotherhood, Riots, and the Mohammed Morsi monitor are all picking up on the activity. However, there’s a lot of unexpected action in the Black Bloc Monitor thanks to their growing presence in the protests:

An unpredictable new element has entered Egypt’s wave of political unrest: a mysterious group of masked young men called the Black Bloc who present themselves as the defenders of protesters opposed to the Islamist president’s rule.

They boast that they’re willing to use force to fight back against Islamists who have attacked protesters in the past — or against police who crack down on demonstrations. The youths with faces hidden under black masks have appeared among stone-throwing protesters in clashes with police around Egypt the past five days in the wave of political violence that has shaken the country.

During protests in Cairo on Monday, masked youths celebrated around a police armored vehicle in flames in the middle of Tahrir Square, waving their hands in V-for-victory signs.

The Black Bloc Monitor can be found in the “Movements” section of subscriber’s main menu.

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Sinai Monitor Updated

 
The Sinai Monitor has been completely re-written. It is now streaming discussions about weapons and other smuggling, incidents of violence, and issues related to Egypt and Israel.

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Egypt Widescreen Monitor – Seven Live Streams Covering Increasing Protests and Violence

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The massive protests that chased President Morsi from his palace yesterday are turning violent today as clashes break out between Morsi supporters and opponents. This new widescreen monitor is covering all mentions of Egypt, President Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the Egyptian military, Egyptian police and security forces (including riot police), discussions about protests, incidents of violence, and links to relevant photos and videos. It’s a great way to stay on top of a volatile situation.

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Egypt: Tracking the Reaction to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s Power Grab

 
Covert Contact offers several ways to track the situation in Egypt. The Egypt Monitor has a dedicated stream for protests which is quite active. However, the streams that monitor the Egyptian government and Islamists are also tracking the unrest and political developments quite well. The Mohammed Morsi Monitor is tracking discussions about him, the Muslim Brotherhood, and any statements he issues. There is also a monitor dedicated to the Muslim Brotherhood that tracks any mentions of it and its activities in Egypt.

We’ll monitor the situation closely and add or update monitors as needed.

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Monitoring the Sinai from Three Perspectives

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The Sinai continues to destabilize:

Egypt vowed Monday to take on Islamist militants who have turned the Sinai peninsula into a lawless haven and are suspected of killing 16 Egyptian troops as the fighters were en route to a failed assault on neighboring Israel.

But the goal of reining in jihadists in Sinai is complicated by limits on military activity in the area under the 1979 peace treaty with Israel and by tensions between Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the country’s powerful military.

So with this (and other incidents) in mind we have rolled out the Covert Contact Sinai Monitor. This monitor looks at the area from the perspective of Egypt, Israel, and Gaza. While there is a fair amount of overlap in the live streams this format does highlight the issues in a pretty interesting way. Subscribers will find it in their “Locations” section.

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