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January 29, 2013

'I was left alone in the streets'

Egyptians criticise telecom providers on second anniversary of shutdown.
People gesture at a low flying police helicopter as it buzzes Tahrir Square during the curfew on January 30, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Egypt's largest mobile and internet providers are facing renewed criticism for suspending service during the 2011 uprisings against President Hosni Mubarak. January 28 marks the two-year anniversary of the country's first communications blackout, when Egyptians found themselves without internet service for five days as the government sought to quell protests. Mobile phone networks were also disrupted, leaving many Egyptians without any means of electronic communication during the unrest.

Netizens took to social media on Monday to shame those companies and commemorate the anniversary of the blackout.