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Local man explains importance of unrest in Egypt

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Tamer Saber calls Cairo, Egypt home, but has been in Columbus for a decade.  Saber said it is important for Americans to understand what is going on across the ocean and how the unrest will affect them. 

Tamer Saber says Americans see the Egyptian President as someone that backs the peace process, "but they do not see what his policies are on the street or the reality of who he is."

In fact, Saber calls the President a dictator and says the people in Egypt are protesting because they are frustrated. "They need change, the whole system.  The president needs to move.  He needs to let someone else, a younger person, run the country.  We need younger ideology to get the country going in a better direction.  It is oppressing the people," explained Saber.

He said Americans should care because Egypt is at the center of the Middle East and is very important in the peace process.

"If they change the president, we do not know who is coming up.  If you have a radical regime like the one in Iran, we have got a problem."

Saber wants to pack his bags and hop on a plane for home. "I wish I was there right now. It is history in the making. It would be an honor to be a part of it, absolutely," said Saber.

He believes the unrest will be over in a week.  He told News Leader Nine he spoke with his family in Cairo two days ago and they are doing well.

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