As thousands of protesters flood the streets of Egypt's capital, viewers and participants are capturing the event not only through traditional written dispatches, but also with audio and video. The slew of alternative reporting now circulating the Internet has given the world more than just a snapshot of the chaos. The available audio and video -- some amateur and some professional -- provides a practically unfiltered portrayal of Egypt's demonstrations and the brutal police crackdown.
The Guardian's Jack Shenker recorded his experience from inside the back of a security truck amid the protests:
Outside we were loaded on to one of the green central security trucks that had been ubiquitous throughout the streets that day. The steps up to the vehicle were short and narrow, and the doorway into the pitch-black holding area inside the truck barely wide enough to fit a single person - my head was smashed against the metal door frame by a policeman as I entered. Inside, dozens of protesters were already packed in and crouched in the darkness - the trucks have barely any windows, just a handful of thick metal grates through which it is impossible to see anything. There were 44 of us inside the tiny space.
I realised I still had my dictaphone and started making recordings, describing what was happening and interviewing those around me.
The full audio is available at The Guardian.
Witnesses have also uploaded YouTube videos depicting the riots. The following clips are just a handful of the many accounts of the happenings in Cairo's streets.
Here, Egyptian police attempt to quell protesters, firing tear gas at the masses:
In this next clip, sirens fill the streets, as the police battle with the massive crowd:
An Egyptian armored vehicle attempts to clear liberation square, hosing down protesters:
Thousands chant as they walk Cairo's streets:
An onlooker records the scene from above, as thousands run into the streets:
In addition to audio and video, photos capture the emotions and violence from the days' events. This iconic picture, taken by Reditt user latenightcabdriving, is rapidly circulating the Internet. Alexis Madrigal tells the story behind the photo.