Twitter and Facebook appear to be ablaze that in the last day or two, that, essentially, “#BBC confirms #CNN: 33 million protesters” although none of them link to any source that actually links to a CNN or BBC article that reports this figure. If the BBC or CNN did report 33 million protesters, I can’t find any citation for the claim other than uncited tweets.
An article from NPA2009.org (in French, here) reports,
“BBC confirmed that CNN said, 33 million demonstrators in Egypt June 30, stating that it is the biggest event in the history of humanity there would have been three times more protesters than people in Tunisia, almost as much as the Spanish … The figure of 33 million is in dispute (Reuters says 14 million) but the vast majority agree that this is the biggest event.”
A Reuters article here, does cite a 14-million estimate from an undisclosed military source:
“A military source said as many as 14 million people in this nation of 84 million took part in Sunday’s demonstrations in sweltering heat. There was no independent way to verify that estimate, which seemed implausibly high, but the armed forces used helicopters to monitor the crowds.”
An article from the Daily Kos, here, states the 33-million claim is unofficial, with estimates only ranging from “millions” to “14 million” at the moment, but notes of a petition claiming 22 million signatures.
If you find any evidence to link CNN or BBC to the “33 million” claim, please post it in comments below (no registration required)..