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Egyptians stage solidarity protest in Los Angeles

January 29, 2011 |  8:04 pm


Several hundred demonstrators marched outside the Federal Building in West Los Angeles on Saturday, demanding that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak relinquish power.

The protestors, who were organized via Facebook, carried signs in Arabic and English and waved
Egyptian flags. “The demonstration was to show the people of Egypt that we care about them and
we support them in their fight for freedom  and democracy,” said Amr Elshennawy, 23, an
Egyptian-born software engineer from Fullerton.

[CORRECTION: Elshennawy is an American of Egyptian descent.]

Elshennawy and several other young Egyptians put together the demonstration. The Facebook page for the event said, in part: “Tens of thousands of demonstrators have been in the streets all over the country demanding a better life, more freedom and an end to political and economical corruption.”

Protests were also staged in San Francisco, Washington and New York, and in cities around the world.

The demonstration attracted a mixed crowd of young and old, male and female. And it included protestors from other Arab countries. Police said that the event, which was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., was peaceful and that no arrests were made.

-- Margot Roosevelt

Photo: Ahmad Mostafa of Rancho Santa Margarita waves an Egyptian flag at the Federal Building in Los Angeles. Credit: Christina House / For The Times