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After weeks of mostly peaceful but sometimes violent protest, the wishes of the Egyptian people were finally realized Friday as Hosni Mubarak stepped down from the presidency, after 30 years in office. Click through for some of the most significant moments during the over two week movement for revolution.
Full disclosure: Photographs used to illustrate particular dates were not necessarily taken on said date.
- President Hosni Mubarak forces internet providers to shut down service across the country.
- Vodafone is forced to shut down cell phone service in specific areas.
- Protesters set fire to government buildings, including the National Democratic Party's headquarters.
- President Mubarak orders a night-time curfew, which is promptly ignored.
- Former U.N. official and potential presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei is reportedly under house arrest.
- Protesters form a human shield around the Egyptian Museum.
- Mubarak calls on the government to resign during a midnight speech.
photo (cc) by Flickr user Ahmad Hammoud
- Obama calls for an “orderly transition.”
- Egyptian Central Bank and Stock Exchange close.
photo (cc) by Flickr user Floris Van Cauwelaert
- Protesters call for "March of a Million," as hundreds of thousands gather in Tahrir Square hopeful Mubarak will step down
- Mubarak announces he won’t run again in September but will not step down.
- Protesters are awesome: Volunteers take over municipal jobs.
photo from "We are all Khaled Said" English-language Facebook page
- Mubarak tells Christiane Amanpour he would like to step down but will not for fear of chaos.
- Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, warns that unless Mubarak steps down, US aid to Egypt will be cut off.