Monday, January 31, 2011
Egyptians show solidarity around the world

As anti-government protests continued throughout Egypt over the weekend, expatriates and others outside the country joined the chants for President Hosni Mubarak’s removal.

 

Rany Ibrahim moved to Canada from Egypt eight years ago to attend graduate school, then got a job and decided to stay. He organized a solidarity rally in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that drew about 150 people on Sunday.

 

“We are limited in what we can do to help the people underground in Egypt, but we can showcase the work of the people and support them,” he said.

 

Ibrahim has a brother in Cairo whom he was finally able to reach Sunday. “He’s saying there’s not a single police officer on the ground … Some people are trying to break into the banks. You hear this over the phone and it sounds scary.”

 

In conversations with CNN iReport, members of the Egyptian diaspora expressed frustration that they couldn’t do more for family and friends back home.

 

But one thing they could do was provide a megaphone for their cause.

 

"It's the least we can do while our families and other colleagues are  actually risking their lives, while we can't do much but lobby and show the world the reality behind what's happening," said Mo Elnadi, 40, a British Egyptian who joined and documented a demonstration in front of the Egyptian Embassy in London on Saturday.

 

Yusra Abou-Sayed, 24, attended a protest Sunday in Houston, Texas, because “as an American-Egyptian I am appalled at the atrocities happening to my fellow Egyptians who only want their freedom and are demanding their right for democracy.”

 

Boston University student Aly El Attal, also Egyptian, marched with other Egyptian-Americans from Harvard Square to City Hall Saturday.

 

"Just because we're in the United States doesn't mean we can't support them ... That's the best we can do while we're here." He said he and other Egyptians in the U.S. want President Obama to pressure Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

 

 

Impassioned demonstrators in Geneva, Switzerland, gathered in front of the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Saturday to call for Mubarak's ouster. Arab media blogger Courtney Radsch reported that 100 to 150 people attended the protest, chanting in Arabic, French and English.

 

“Most of the chanting was focused on getting Mubarak out, saying the Egyptian people don't want him anymore,” Radsch said. “People felt they needed to make their voices heard."

 

Radsch, who is writing her dissertation on cyberactivism in Egypt, wrote on her blog that her “fingers are crossed that this time the protests will lead to substantial political change.”

 

More protests are scheduled throughout the world. If you’re there, share your story with CNN iReport.

 

-- CNN iReport’s Jordan Sarver contributed to this story.

24 Comments
January 31, 2011
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The “gradual change” that Hilary is suggesting means that America/Zionists will have enough time to bribe and bring another spy like Mubarak.  While they can control people in a gradual process, they cannot control a sudden upraise of masses such as the current one that will bring a real leader that represents people’s interests and not America’s/Zionist.  I hope that people of Egypt will not accept anything less than a revolution in leadership, and unconditional removal of Mubarak and all his bribed accomplices.  Any other direction will play into America’s/Zionist plan of bribing another leader and tricking Egypt into a gradual change that America/Zionists can control in their favor.

 

I cannot understand why people of Egypt cannot find Mubarak and remove him physically, like Romanians did to president Chaushesku decades ago.  Also, why not enter the national TV and just say to the whole nation that he is no longer president.  This guy is America's/Zionist spy who did everything they wanted him to do, and he did all opposite to what Egyptian people wanted.  He deserves nothing less than a humiliating physical removal.

 

America/Zionists have paid Mubarak for decades to suppress any democratic movement.  Even today when you read America’s/Zionist self-called experts they say they would like to see a democratic change as long as people do not choose this movement or that movement that is not in America’s/Zionist interest.  America’s/Zionist hypocrisy is just disgusting.  Do not you hypocrites understand that you cannot place conditions on democracy based on America’s criminal and Zionist land occupation goals.  Whatever the people choose that’s what they will have!!!  And you know very well that all Egyptians are against the Zionist regime, and against Americans as long as the U.S. supports the Zionist regime.

 

January 31, 2011
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there is no doubt and it is sad that you have been raised from an early age in a climate of hate for jews...I would assume that you would hate them no matter what they did...

you are a sympthon of what is wrong..hearts of hate..

 

January 31, 2011
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The Zionist dog must be put down!

January 31, 2011
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Imagine in the current time if France would want to create its own state in Michigan and separate it from the U.S.  French are a minority in Michigan so democratic vote on the separation would not work because they would be outvoted by the rest of the Americans living in Michigan.  So imagine if they had a historic opportunity when the U.S. is at its weakest and militarily occupy a part of Michigan and impose a regime where only French can vote and all the others who lived there cannot.  Furthermore, the occupiers rename the occupied part of Michigan as the “French State” where not only that Americans are not welcome, but they are systematically expelled over time creating huge refugee camps in nearby states of Indiana and Ohio.  Imagine then that at that point in history the artificial organization called the United Nations is full of French supporters and somehow that makes the occupation “legal” and Americans who fight for their homes in the occupied part of Michigan are labeled as terrorists.  The occupation is a part of a careful log-term plan (i.e. Zionism) of acquiring land by French, so literally days after the occupation is implemented (what a coordinated plan!) the occupiers import millions of other French from all over the world to increase their population in Michigan from around 100,000 to over 5 Million in a short period.  Then Americans resist and fight to regain the occupied part of Michigan, but Russia steps in, sends weapons, cash, and everything else the occupiers need to sustain the occupation. 

 

What do you think all of us Americans would feel?  We would hate French first, and then all of their supporters (Russia in this analogy) that make the occupation of our land possible.  Still questioning yourself why people in the Middle East and other parts of the world do not like us?  Because our Zionist controlled government, not the people, supported the very exact scenario as described above against our will and with our tax money making us accomplices in this unspeakable crime.  The scenario that would outrage all of us Americans and make us fight against it if it happened in Michigan or anywhere else in the U.S.

 

This comment is not intended to make derogatory remarks about France and Russia.  It is merely used as an example of how Americans would be outraged and fight back in the same situation as the forced establishment of the Zionist regime and its occupation of Palestine.

 

Urge your state representatives and senators to immediately stop any remaining support for the Zionist regime.  Much of the support already stopped because of the increasing pressure on this issue, but we Americans need to completely distance ourselves from this oppressive regime and start actively opposing it.

 

It appears that sharing and reposting others’ comments is becoming a trend.  You can definitely copy, repost, or email mine to anyone including lobbying senators, state representatives and any other public officials who shape our country’s foreign policies.

 

January 31, 2011
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charleedog, instead of using the overused and pathetic accusation of Jew hatred and anti semitism, why don't you refute his statement using facts?

 

Check his facts and refute them if you can, otherwise, stay out and don't reduce the collective IQ of this thread.

January 31, 2011
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Hey Jenlopezz,

 

Don't forget about the Germans.

January 31, 2011
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Jenlopezz: Pretty well-written analogy. I'd take the word "zionist" out of it though; it's very over-used by Arabs and most Americans, myself included, don't really understand it (has sort of a racist feel to it). But thanks.

January 31, 2011
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Yeah, American foreign policy is based on the profit motive and control. Power plays are shameful in this moment. This is not my government. The President needs to bring the troops home. NOW!

January 31, 2011
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  The US will never break ties with Israel, no matter the provocation.  They didn't over the King David Hotel bombing, or, to our everlasting shame, over the unprovoked attack on the USS Liberty, or over AIPAC spying- as if billions of dollars of aid and all of our newest military toys aren't enough for them.

January 31, 2011
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zorro6666:You are pathetic & anti-Semite! You don’t know noting. It is political destroying museum? Even animal don’t destroy mummies.

January 31, 2011
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Israel & US friends forever! you touch Israel you are  meal for pigs.

January 31, 2011
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Mua disc in PC, so kiss may disk on hi speed,tel about your mama.skubiduStupidity

February 1, 2011
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O.K., I have a question. Are all the Egyptian's world wide that's protesting and asking for Mubarak to get out, if he doe's, are you moving back to Egypt?

February 1, 2011
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Oh, I forgot to add...be careful for what you wish for, you just may get it!

February 1, 2011
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I am not an Egyptian and I fully support the Egyptian protesters as human beings who demand a government for the people. Unfortunately, all to often, nationalism approximates religion such as in Israel, Iran, and North Korea.

 

When religio-nationalism is exclusionary, bigoted, and arrogant its proponents need to shut up and self reflect remembering their own Golden Rule. When nationalism and/or religion compromise the liberty and freedom of other human beings, such religions and nations need to either transform or disappear for the good of mankind.

 

Goodbye Ottoman Empire, Soviet Union, and now Mubarak's Egypt. Hello Turkey, Russia, and a new Egypt. Probably the best role model is Malaysia, a predominantly Muslim nation. Unlike the USA, Malaysians aren't manipulative hypocrites despite their own set of unique problems.

 

 

February 1, 2011
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A quick and peaceful conclusion to this demand for freedom is made all the more uncertain by Obama's cowardly refusal to support the people reaching out for freedom. After his Cairo speech, claiming to support democracy and freedom, he now huddles in the WH hoping to spot the winner, so that he can choose sides. The side if freedom is clear to the Egyptians who are watching and waiting to see what we do. If the choice goes to an Islamic state, we can claim a good portion of the blame by our failure to stand up with the protesters.

February 1, 2011
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Why isn't our President standing for the ideals America stands for -TRUE- democracy. How cowardly and hypocritical. Way to fail Obama. This is what breeds terrorism. We fund corrupt and oppressive regimes and people turn to terrorists as an alternative to what they're forced to deal with. Note I don't support terrorism in any form.

 

The fact is these people need to be given a chance to decide their own destiny. I believe the ideal of Democracy which we have basically in America..and I hope that Egyptians are given a chance at real democracy.

February 1, 2011
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Here in Berlin (Germany) was also protests. Watch my iReports, if you want. (Not vetted on CNN).

February 1, 2011
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Mubarak most go,the Egyptian people have spoken. The U.S. cannot take him in, the backlash would be a nightmare. I wish them a true democracy, I hope they do not fall to extremists. Faith needs to be a choice of the individual, our Founding Fathers knew that was the basis of real freedom. The middle east is not the only place that,s lost sight of this fact. Attn: Wash DC. We wish you peace, soon!

February 2, 2011
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First: Hello World! It's been too long! The internet has only been restored in Egypt today.

 

I doubt there is anyone out there who is doesn't want change. It's just a matter of how much a price we have to pay for it, and quiet a price it may be. I was on the verge of tears seeing people not only turning against each other but pulling out the pavement stones to throw at each other. Watching the flames only a few meters away from the Egyptian museum, all I could think of was that the worst was going to happen.

Keep in mind that against the many thousands, maybe millions, protesting on the streets there are many many more that are not. Some of them torn between wanting him to leave now, in 6 months or never. Many don't even have the luxury of caring. They just want this to end one way or the other so they can get paid, buy food and move on. These people voices are not loud enough to break through the bubble the protesters live in.

They have made such an incredible achievement.  The brought upon changes that 10 days ago would have seemed like a dream. There were actually many jokes after the uprising in Tunisia about what would it take for something like that to happen here. They would all end with the fact that any one of the disasters we had to go through would have been enough in any other country. But here ,all we could do was joke about it.

They have made an incredible achievement. We all appreciate that, but after 30 years of having no voice; they seem to not get enough of their own.

I am not pro Mubarak by any means. I think his career may have started decently enough but he has 30 years of mistakes to account for.

Omar Suliman is a decent man. Ahmed Shafeek is a decent man with a vision. They both deserve a chance.  In Egypt we are political toddlers. For many years we have only known one president, one political party. We coexisted with all the corruption and we were silent about it. We need time for a proper political life to develop. From now till September is a good enough time as ever.

What went down today is Tahrir is outrageous. But we don't know who was behind it. Many people have hidden agendas and those who started the violence were obviously hired thugs.

 

I am not pro Mubarak but I want my country back before more damage is done. If it means I have to take him for 6 more months then so be it!

People like me, unfortunately are not represented anywhere. Please give us a voice.

 

February 3, 2011
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Saving Egypt!

 

STOP THE VOILENCE

To the powers that be!  There is little to be gained from letting the country fall.There are only a few things that could change the outcome the Egyptians are

headed for, and here are a few things that could be done!

1.  Every military has the ability to assist in humanitarian aid!  Have the military set up first aid and medical facility’s on the side of the places where the clashes are taking place, one for each side, then set up kitchens or M.A.S.H units on both sides provide food and beverage for all that hunger!

2.  Set up a place on both sides there as well, for the protesters to speak there grievances, allow them to air their problems with out censorship on the government tv!

3.  Assure them they have won their freedom, explain this is as important as any catastrophe, the devastation to the Egyptian people is as important and the change in the government, as any major natural disaster!  How the

government changes will be up to the people, but the military can help to defuse the violence, with humanitarian help!

February 3, 2011
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The U.S. needs to stop the double stander. Our government needs to stand up for the rights of the people and stop paying off Egypt's government to protect Isreal.  I think the U.S. needs to let people chose their own government. Obama should just tell Mubarak to get out now, we know Mubarak is a savage dictator and his poeple haven't had freedom since he came into office.  Look our government is worried about the government being Muslim.  We need to forget about Isreal, I know we won't but I think we should.

February 11, 2011
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I wish best of luck to the people of Egypt in their struggle for a new democratic government and be freed soon from military dictatorship.

February 12, 2011
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The Muslim brotherhood  is asking for more freedom but one has to  decipher the meaning of this freedom  . Is it the freedom to lock the Copts in their second-class citizen status? Is it the freedom to launch a war against Israel and set fire to the whole Middle East, or  the freedom to stone women who are suspected of adultery? The freedom to behead apostates. One must look for the meaning of the  words  hidden behind the slogans.

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