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Huntsville area Egyptian-Americans hold rally

By Trang Do - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The political unrest in Egypt may seem like a world away, but for some in the Tennessee Valley, the issue hits very close to home. A group of Egyptian-Americans and others held a rally in Huntsville Saturday morning for peace.

Even over the sound of traffic at the Airport Road and Whitesburg Drive intersection, their voices were united and strong, chanting "Mubarek must go!"

"From all different faiths, creed, nationality, everyone's working together," said Aladin Beshir, who helped organize the rally.

In a show of solidarity with their friends, loved ones and fellow men and women in Egypt they stood and chanted. Even the youngest of voices sending the powerful message of "Free Cairo, Mubarek must go."

The group's chants echo the demands of thousands of Egyptians calling on President Hosni Mubarek to resign after more than 30 years in power.

"I think they have as much right as we do to elect their own government," said Sarah Kamel, a UA-Huntsville junior and Egyptian-American. "Especially if they're protesting in a peaceful way."

Though most in the group have direct ties to Egypt or the middle east, others were compelled to come out in support of democracy.

"It not about race, it's not about religion. It's about freedom," said Tyler Pierce of Huntsville. "It's about the people taking a stand for what they believe in. And that's the right to choose who we have in power to lead our countries."

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