Protests over Egypt's Mubarak spread to US cities
From New York to San Francisco, thousands of Egyptians and their supporters demonstrated against the regime of Hosni Mubarak. Meanwhile, Obama administration officials met to plan their next steps.
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From New York to Washington to San Francisco, they gathered to denounce the regime of Hosni Mubarak – including his latest effort to name a new government and a new vice president, intelligence chief Omar Suleiman.
Mr. Fathi was speaking outside United Nations headquarters in New York, where about 1,000 people had gathered Saturday for a day-long demonstration. Also on Saturday, several hundred protesters gathered outside the Egyptian Embassy in Washington where police had blocked off the street.
“The American government has a strategic interest in Egypt, they see it as an ally in their fight against terrorism, as an island of stability in the Middle East,” Sherif Nasr, a physician who has lived in the United States for 29 years, told the New York Times. “I find it very disheartening that they insist the regime is stable, when it is a regime that has no respect for human dignity.”
Such demonstrations are aimed at pressuring the Obama administration to take a harder line against the Mubarak regime, which has run Egypt for 30 years.