Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 05/16/2011

NPR’s Andy Carvin tweets an Egyptian man’s secretly streamed video, capturing violence in real time


Demonstrators burn an Israeli flag near the Israeli embassy in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, May 15. (AP)
NPR’s Andy Carvin signed onto Twitter Sunday evening like he does most nights. As violence escalated at the Israeli embassy in Egypt, Carvin confirmed information, raised questions and re-tweeted users who were relaying information from the streets.
File photo of Andy Carvin, of NPR. (Ricky Carioti - WASHINGTON POST)

Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters had gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo chanting for the closure for the embassy, when Egyptian riot police fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse the crowd.

Carvin, known for his real-time, fast-paced social media aggregation reporting, kicked it up a notch on Sunday as the protests intensified.

Among the users Carvin was re-tweeting was Tarek Shalaby, with the Twitter user name @tarekshalaby. Shalaby was using his Twitter account to send dispatches from the ground, and after arriving to the area, began streaming live video of the scene from his phone.

Carvin tweeted the live stream link to his 46,000-plus followers -- giving them a rare live front row seat to the screams and gunfire in Egypt.

At some point, the camera went dark, but the audio still was rolling. Carvin postulated that the camera was rolling inside Shalaby’s pocket. Suddenly, the stream went silent.

Here’s a Storify package of Carvin’s tweets as the events unfolded:

Video — tweeted by Carvin — shot from above the action:

By Eric Athas  |  09:52 AM ET, 05/16/2011

 
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