NEW YORK (CBS 2/AP) — Hundreds of Egyptians demonstrated outside the United Nations complex in New York City on Saturday in support of the mass protests that have gripped their homeland.

The crowd was loud and emotional, but peaceful, as they called for the international community to support the popular uprising and abandon Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan spoke to demonstrators during the protest outside the UN

Many said they were sure the unrest would force Mubarak to step down. He has been in power for three decades.

“I want the United States to demand, and other nations to demand, that he leaves,” Jersey City resident Sherein Bakheet told CBS 2’s Demetra Ganias.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (AP Photo/Egypt TV)

Bakheet is American-born, but worries about family and friends who are among those fighting for social and economic change. That change, she said, is possible only if Mubarak ends his reign.

“The longer he’s there, the more people are going to die, and the more blood is on his hands,” she said.

Ahmed Soliman, of Manhattan, said Egypt deserves a leader who is “completely democratic.” He said he was sure the riots and massive demonstrations are the result of genuine popular anger, not the work of a scheming opposition party.

“This is coming from the people,” he said. “I’ve been waiting for this to happen. I left Egypt 18 years ago, and I have been dreaming of this day since then.”

Joy over the expression of dissent has been muted, though, by news of looting and violence.

Dahlia Ashour, a native of Cairo who still has family there, said she wanted to see the United Nations step in to protect museums and help ensure a peaceful transition to democracy.

“We want the looting to stop,” she said. Ashour added, with her voice quavering, that she was disappointed President Barack Obama hadn’t made a forceful statement in support of the protestors.

“He is not standing by the people. He should be standing by the people, not by the regime,” she said.

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Comments (9)
  1. Rahul Varshney says:

    I am ashamed as an American. This is our time to stand by the people, by the children. Why hasn’t Barack Obama asked the United Nations to step in? How many more will die?

  2. Jean Cooper says:

    You children quit fighting, isn’t that what’s wrong with the world now?

  3. Abe Benesch says:

    There are reports coming out of Egypt of significant UFO activity in the areas of mass protest. Serious reports – not jokes. Don’t know what it means, but it is certainly curious.

  4. QWERTY says:

    Oh yeah and I forgot to tell you: Good fight! you couldn’t make up your own name so you decided to pick the name “Dante” which is the name of a main character in the game “Devil May Cry” XP

  5. QWERTY says:

    Reported. Now keep it up and you will find some nasty replies because apparently your brain (not even sure if you have one) didn’t think before leaving a comment on news that particularly Egyptians, who consist of Muslims and Coptics that respect Muslims just as much as Muslims respect them, that live in the United States (New York to be specific) check and read.

  6. whamouda says:

    dante you are stupid

  7. r.w.burkett says:

    i hope and pray the egyptian govt prevails over these protestors,and the united states should be helping that president control his people

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  8. Ellen says:

    I hope and pray that the people of Egypt will be listen to by President Obama and stand by them now in their time of need. May God grant us all real peace, and this has to come from a real democracy not a dictatorship.

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