Some Believe Violent Clashes In Cairo Absolutely NecessaryBy John Slattery

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Egyptian-Americans protested in Times Square Friday afternoon, coinciding with a huge demonstration in Egypt’s capital, Cairo. More than 60,000 Egyptian-Americans live in the Tri-State Area, making it the largest community of its kind in the nation.

Ten days into the protests overseas, Egyptians in Times Square said they fear for their families, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery. The disarray is making getting necessities – going to the supermarket or the bank — nearly impossible.

“It is very painful, especially when you cannot reach them. The most difficult part is when I try to call and nobody answer you,” said Khaled Lameda of Staten Island.

Lameda said he has brothers, sisters and cousins in Egypt. But despite the turmoil, he’s one of many Egyptians calling the uprising bittersweet.

“I really worry about them, but I’m so happy for them,” he said.

Nancy El Shami said she’s happy because the oppressed have taken a stand.

“It’s been a stressful time but it’s been an exciting time. It has broken this great barrier of fear that has shackled them for the past 30 years,” El Shami said.

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In the past week, Egyptian Americans have gathered in coffee shops and restaurants in Queens’ Little Egypt, glued to TV sets broadcasting bloody clashes in Cairo.

The larger rally in Cairo has been dubbed by protesters there as “the day of departure.” They are hoping to get Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

“We want him gone now. Not in six month, not in another five years,” Jersey City’s Yasser Elbaz told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

“The Egyptian president has ruined our country for 30 years and enough is enough,” added Mohi Hatab of Brooklyn.

Area residents have been fleeing the growing chaos in Egypt, expressing considerable relief to be back home. The crisis there has previously spawned protests in our area.

Are you planning on attending a rally? Do you think Mubarak should step down? Sound off in our comments section.

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Comments (27)
  1. nyc says:

    Hopefully change is coming to the Arab countries in the middle east and I hope this is only the beginning for these suppressed peoples.

  2. Eric G says:

    They should protest in their own country and leave the US out of it. Its not our problem.

    1. Aziza says:

      i completely agree…but then again, IT IS our problem, since our government decided to help this guy since he became a president

    2. Rob says:

      Uh – it clearly says Egyptian Americans – this IS their country now.

      I lived in Cairo for 5 years until 2001. I can honestly say that I did not know anyone who liked Mubarak. And when they gave a negative comment on the government they would jokingly lean in to the plant on the table and say – but we love Mubarak – knowing all too well that the government could be listening. That’s no way to live. Most of my friends from that time have already left Egypt and settled in the US, Canada, or Europe.

      The US needs to stop buying friends and supporting non-democratically elected leaders.

  3. venus shuzz says:

    honestly,i dont know how mubarak rule his people or how his government works,its not good to comment on things or events we have never

    HONESTLY,i dont know mubarak ‘cept he is pres.,dont have any idea how he rule his people or how his govt. works,so i opt not to comment on things i never fully understood,hope most will do the same or we might be kindling a small fire that will burn the most innocent.

  4. Nicole says:

    I pray for Egypt that they gain their freedom, I do hope that it is real freedom they get, not a religious theocracy. Of course we know Iran is already poisoning the mind of Egyptians on state tv and the brotherhood is making preparations to try to take over Egypt, but the truth is you cannot allow for a brutal dictator to abuse the people of Egypt in the fear that another brutal government will take its place. None of us has a say, not our president or any other than the Egyptian people. I will keep praying that they make the right choice. Some of the people commenting here out of fear or plain bigotry are to small minded to realize that we all live in the same world and that you cannot make millions of people go away,because you disagree with them, you must find a way to coexist. It really is a small world and all the lies and fear are what bring about hate and extremism. If a person of any race/religion wants to be a productive informed human being they would stop repeating hateful messages and use their hearts to open their minds to the rest of the world of human beings. Most of the people in the Middle East are subject to Government controlled media and only get to see one side of a situation, a side tainted against America in most cases, but this is not their fault. As we all know only truth will set you free, all one can do is try to spread the message of truth throughout the world, the most important truth… God Created all men equal and we must stand by this as Americans as Human Beings or be liars and hypocrites. COEXIST. I am a christian but all of the Muslim people I have met seem to be wonderful people.This makes me believe that although it may be very difficult, a world peace CAN be achieved. I also believe that it MUST be achieved or we will continue to live in a world of extreme violence and fear. If there is a world left after all the hate has its way. ONE LOVE. COEXIST>

    1. Jack says:

      Very nice comment Nochole….

  5. LM says:

    EGYPTIAN PROTEST?? I support the protests in CAIRO… But your pics show a lot of signs from Palestinian/Hamas groups, that seem to be co-opting the Cairo rallies of rthe own cause. BEWARE wolves in wolf clothing

    1. Kabir Khan says:

      Please think about the innocent people. Others may try to take advantage of innocent protesters but that should be ignored.

  6. brula says:

    I can’t believe that old man didn’t leave yet….if ya right ya right…and if ya wrong by damn ya wrong…he not right man..

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  8. Mc pike says:

    How do we know that the next person in power will not turn out worse than this one ?

    1. brula says:

      good question….the new one might b worst.

  9. 100% American says:

    Blah, blah, blah, protest, demonstration, what’s the difference, it boils down to the same thing: disrupting the travel of hard working Americans trying to get to and from their jobs, and also ruining the day for the tons of tourists who come for a good time to the Times Square area.

    As “People Gotta Work Here” said above, why aren’t these worthless marches done on weekends, not during the workweek when people are trying to earn a living, and why aren’t all those protesters at work.

    If all the protesters for whatever cause they’re supporting were really in earnest about their rants, they’d go join the protesters in the country affected. 60,000 more protesters in Cairo would do more to benefit the cause than in Times Square thousands of miles away.

  10. Nick says:

    I love how the lib media didn’t show the pictures of protesters waving pictures of Mubarak with Evil American President Obama. And pictures of Mubarak with Evil Israeli Flag on his forehead.

    This is just another Iran happening. Let them rot.

  11. Hany says:

    support Egypt against the terrorism of mubarak ..where is our war on terrorism

  12. Tiah says:

    Of course Mubarak should step down

  13. Ellen says:

    I hope the people of Egypt only good will, and the freedom they are now fighting for. Personally I don’t know why that old fart of a President doesn’t just leave now instead of putting his country through all this hell.

    1. Michael H. says:

      He needs more time to loot the treasury and ensure that his hand picked successor wins the “election”

    2. Tiah says:

      Because he doesn’t care about the people…he never did…that’s why they’re revolting. He’s full of himself.

  14. People Gotta Work Here says:

    Power to the people, etc and soforth, but do this garbage on a Saturday, eh?

  15. Elisha Kramer says:

    These people aren’t supporting a move to democracy, they’re supporting a move towards Theocratic Democracy… which is not democracy at all! The Americans should mind their own business and you think Egypt actually cares if a few wackos march around in New York.

    1. kurtthometz says:

      Elisha, you would do well to educate yourself. Had Americans minded their own business they would have democracy themselves.

    2. This is Not a theocratic revolution,as we coptic christians are part of it, BUT we are affraid that the muslim brotherhood jump over the croud after the the present step out

    3. This is Not a theocratic revolution,as we coptic christians are part of it, BUT we are affraid that the muslim brotherhood jump over the crowd after the the present step out

  16. Supporter of People Power says:

    This is not a “protest”; it is a demonstration of support for the extraordinary courage of the Egyptian people. Nothing could be more consistent with American ideals of the power of democracy. We are witnessing an incredible revolution, achieved through PEOPLE POWER, much more peaceful than our own revolution. I will show up with my family to show my commitment to these ideals and convey my support for Egyptians and all people around the world who want to claim their right to self-determination and peaceful government. The situation is far from “chaotic” and to paint it that way is to fan the flames of fear that have allowed Mubarak to rule for so long.

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