Protesters across US offer support to Egyptians
Chicago: Thousands of people in Egypt who
flooded streets in riots calling for President Hosni Mubarak
to step down were joined by relatives and supporters at
protests in major American cities.
"Mubarak will go. If not today, then tomorrow," Magdy
Al-Abady, 39, of Chicago, said Saturday during a demonstration
downtown in front of the Egyptian consulate's office. The
genomics researcher, with an Egyptian flag draped over his
shoulders, said his brother and parents were protesting in
Egypt and he was speaking often with his brother.
Protesters also gathered outside the United Nations complex in
New York City, filled the street in front of the Egyptian
embassy in Washington and marched through downtown San
Francisco to show solidarity with the uprising. Other cities
including Seattle and Los Angeles also saw demonstrations.
In Chicago, picketers marched and chanted, "Hey
Mubarak you will see, all Egyptians will be free." They held
signs that said "Victory to the Egyptian people" and "Freedom
and Justice for all Egyptians."
Al-Abady said he wants President Barack Obama to
support the Egyptian people.
"He must say very clearly that he does not support
Mubarak," Al-Abady said. "Mubarak is not Egypt. The Egyptians
are not Mubarak."
The crowd in New York called for the international
community to support the popular uprising and abandon Mubarak.
Dahlia Ashour, a native of the Egyptian capital of
Cairo who still has family in Egypt, said she was disappointed
Obama hadn't made a forceful statement in support of the
protesters. "He should be standing by the people, not by the
regime," she said.
Obama has issued a plea for restraint in Egypt and
called on Mubarak to take steps to democratise his government
and refrain from using violence against his people.