Here is another video to consider, with video credit to Tamer Shaaban. It has close to 400,000 views when I saw it.

I like one protester’s message in the video … “We will not be silenced. Whether you are a Christian, whether you are a Muslim, whether you are an atheist, you will demand your goddamn rights, and we will have our rights one way or the other! We will never be silenced!

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Egyptian Police Disappear in Widespread Chaos, Looting Spreads,Vigilantes Defend Homes

Please consider Egypt vigilantes defend homes as police disappear

Egyptians armed with guns, sticks, and blades have formed vigilante groups to defend their homes from looters after police disappeared from the streets following days of violent protests.

Banks, junctions and important buildings previously guarded by the police and state security were left abandoned Saturday and civilians have quickly stepped in to fill the void.

“There are no police to be found anywhere,” said Ghadeer, 23, from an upscale neighborhood. “Doormen and young boys from their neighborhoods are standing outside holding sticks, razors and other weapons to prevent people from coming in.”

Police withdrew from the streets when the army was sent in to take over security in Cairo. Witnesses have since seen mobs storming supermarkets, commercial centers, banks, private property and government buildings in Cairo and elsewhere.

Egyptians have called for army intervention to bring back law and order. Saturday, many protesters changed: “No to plundering and no to destruction.

Dozens of shops across Egypt have painted display windows white to hide contents and discourage looting. A cash machine was broken in an upscale neighborhood, witnesses said.

“They are letting Egypt burn to the ground,” said Inas Shafik, 35.

Several government buildings were set ablaze during days of protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. They were often left to burn without the intervention of authorities.

Islamic leaders have in the meantime called on people to join vigilante groups to protect their homes themselves. Yet, scenes of looting appeared to spread from upscale parts of Cairo to downtown and poorer areas as well.

Some 700 prisoners escaped in Fayoum, south of Cairo, and killed a senior police officer, sources said. Another senior police officer was also kidnapped in Damietta, a witness said.

“They are torching down the prisons. Our lives and property are at risk. Get out of the way,” one shopper shouted, echoing the anxieties of many as they raced to stock up at supermarkets.

Others stayed penned inside their homes for fear of what they said were marauding gangs in some areas. Friday, looters broke into the Egyptian Museum — home to the world’s greatest collection of Pharaonic treasures — and destroyed two pharaonic mummies, said Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s top archaeologist.

In walled-off estates on the outskirts of Cairo, private security locked down gates and refused to let people in.

Ghadeer said: “The looters want to plunder and the government is washing its hands clean of any responsibility.”

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