Another Calm Day In Cairo


by Chris Bodenner

As the uprising enters its third week, Al-Masry Al-Youm reports:

State administrative employee salaries and military and civilian pensions will be increased by 15 percent beginning in April, said the Egyptian government on Monday. Egyptian Finance Minister Samir Radwan told reporters that, for the first time ever, increases in pensions will be based on their total values.


Google Inc. executive Wael Ghonim has been released from government custody in Egypt after going missing during massive protests Jan. 28, the U.S. State Department said Monday. ... Mr. Ghonim, Google’s marketing manager for the region and a father of two, has helped run social-networking sites critical of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s government and became a rallying symbol for the demonstrators demanding the resignation of the long-time president.


2030 GMT:  Human Rights Watch now says that at least 297 people have been killed since protests began in Egypt. Of those, at least 52 have been confirmed to have been killed in Alexandria.

1145 GMT: A symbolic funeral procession has taken place in Tahrir Square for Ahmed Mahmoud, the first journalist to die in the current conflict in Egypt. Mahmoud, who worked for the State-run newspaper Al Tawuun, was shot on 29 January by a sniper as he filmed, on his mobile phone, police beating protesters. He died six days later.


4:00pm While banks have reopened, schools and the stock exhange remain closed, the Egyptian Stock exchange will resume next Sunday

9:34pm Protesters set set up smoking and non-smoking areas in Tahrir Square - proof that they are a real community and that they don't plan on leaving anytime soon.


1627 GMT: Ahmed Maher, head of the April 6 Youth Movement, is indicating there may soon be a shift in tactics of protest, “Life getting back to normal and people going back to work make it seem as if those going and staying in Tahrir Square are going to a gathering in Hyde Park so we are currently discussing how to escalate matters further."

(Photo: An Egyptian anti-government demonstrator sleeps on the wheels of a military vehicle at Cairo's Tahrir square on February 6, 2011 on the 13th day of protests calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. By Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)