Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Update from France

For those who are interested in how things are progressing in Cairo, I received the following message from the warden at the American Embassy in Cairo:

Local media are reporting that there have been calls
for demonstrations in front of the Embassy at 5 Tawfik Diab Street, Garden City, Cairo, on Jan 15 and for a general strike on Jan 18. If these actions do take place they may lead to some road closures and traffic disruption in the general vicinity of the US Embassy. The police preparations might cause similar traffic disruptions. As always, we strongly urge American citizens to avoid areas where you see heavy police presence or crowds assembling and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any large public gatherings. As a reminder, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.

Thankfully, I'll still be in Europe on the 15th and 18th, returning to Egypt the 28th.

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