Hundreds protest Egypt leader in several US cities

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February 6, 2011 08:39

 
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NEW ORLEANS — Hundreds calling for the departure of Egypt's president peacefully demonstrated in several US cities on Saturday, showing solidarity with the large, anti-government throngs that have taken over a sprawling public square in Cairo.

About 150 people gathered outside the New Orleans federal building to demand that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak step down. Meanwhile, about 180 people demonstrated in Atlanta outside the headquarters of CNN.

In Washington, more than 100 marched from the Egyptian Embassy to the White House, following protests in that city on Tuesday and last Saturday. Rallies were also held in New York and Seattle and near Detroit.

At the New Orleans demonstration, the group waved signs and Egyptian flags and chanted "Get up, stand up! Stand up for your rights."

"That's a drop in the bucket," Egypt native Reda Bakeer, a 57-year-old engineer, said of the protest he joined. "I have friends who are dying. We have joined a party here."

Some protesters expressed concern about the increasingly dangerous situation in the country, where anti-government protesters and Mubarak supporters have clashed in the streets.

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