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Egyptians in Mississippi React to Protests

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 31 Jan 2011 01:58pm | comments
A protester in Cairo's Tahrir Square

Egyptians living in Mississippi watch anxiously while protests continue in their home country. MPB's Jeffrey Hess spoke with two Egyptians about their reaction to the street protests.

23-year old Hussein Sadek is an international student at Jackson State University.

He returned from a brief trip to Egypt two weeks ago, about a week before the protests broke out. He is surprised by the protests, but thinks they are totally justified because of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's leadership.

"We just need somebody who is democratic, who will hear from us, who will deal with us in a good way," Sadek said.

Sadek's brother and sister have been involved in the protests. He is especially concerned that the government shut down the Internet and cell phone communication.

"There is something wrong happening. You don't want them to know what is going on inside the country. So this is a big, big, big sign that this is not right, this is not democracy, this is just dictatorship," Sadek said.

Sadek supports the removal of President Mubarak, and thinks the protests will continue until he leaves office

Sherif Abdelwahed is a professor at Mississippi State University who has been living in the US for the last 11 years.

He too supports the protests but worries about what will happen when the protests finally end.

"It has been been overdue for this regime to leave. I am just worried about the uncertainty there because I have friends and family. It is just highly unpredictable what will happen next," Abdelwahed said.

Abdelwahed thinks it is impossible to predict what will happen next, since this level of protest is so sudden and unexpected, but he harbors doubts about the election system even if Mubarak leaves office.

Photo courtesy NPR news.

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