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January 28th, 2011
10:11 AM ET

Social media weilding political power in Egypt

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) - Thousands of angry anti-government demonstrators took to the streets Friday in several Egyptian cities and clashed with police who fired tear gas to quell the crowds.

In Cairo, the capital, vans packed with riot police circled neighborhoods before the start of weekly prayers Friday afternoon. But protesters, fed up with high unemployment and a lack of freedoms, defied security warnings to demand an end to President Hosni Mubarak's authoritarian 30-year-rule.

Protesters hurled rocks and chanted that Mubarak, the dictator, must go.

Nasser Weddady is the Civil Outreach Director for the American Islamic Conference he talks to American Morning's T.J. Holmes about why social media and online outreach has been so effective in propelling the revolution.

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