Demonstrators demand new U.S. policy on Egypt

February 5, 2011

By Odette Yousef

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Hundreds of Chicagoans gathered downtown during rush hour on Friday to say that President Barack Obama still hasn’t been forceful enough in telling Egypt’s 30-year president to go. The demonstrators chanted as they held signs and waved Middle Eastern flags across from the Egyptian Embassy on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.

 
Just hours earlier, Obama had spoken to reporters about Egypt, saying that "there needs to be a transition process that begins now." But Laith Saud, one of the organizers of the rally, said that wasn't enough. When asked what he would rather hear the U.S. president say, Saud responded, “President Mubarak, you have lost all legitimacy. We could start with that.”
 
Many at the protest said they had friends who are at Tahrir Square in Cairo, the epicenter of the Egyptian protests. They said they'd rather be there, but voicing their part from Obama’s hometown of Chicago is the next best thing.