Protests in Egypt Spread to New York
The protests that have much of Egypt arrived in New York today when more than 2,000 people gathered near the United Nations building to support those demonstrating on the streets of Cairo to bring down President Hosni Mubarak.
“Its time for him to go,” said Hoda Elmasry, 24, a student at Columbia University, whose parents came to the United States in the 1980s to escape what she described as “corruption and lack of opportunities” in Egypt.
Protesters also called for the U.S. to stop backing Mubarak, who has been in power for 30 years.
Placards reading “Free Egypt Now” and “Obama Democracy = Democracy, Don’t Play Favorites,” spelled out the mood and message. “I would like to see Obama support democracy rather than stability,” added Elmasry.