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Mon January 31, 2011
Michigan Egyptians voice support for protestors
Egyptians in Michigan are voicing their support for anti-government protestors in that country.
Members of the newly-formed American Egyptian Muslim Society issued a statement of support Monday for continued demonstrations against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
The group says it affirms the “non-violent” portions of the movement for “political and social reform” in Egypt.
Shereef Akeel, an Egyptian-American civil rights lawyer, says the protesters come from all segments of Egyptian society.
“We’re witnessing a collaborative effort by a people of different religions, different persuasions, different economic classes…poor, rich…different worshippers from different denominations, all in the streets together.”
Akeel says he never dreamed the Egyptian protests would turn into a possible revolution.
He says it’s understandable the U.S. would be concerned about a potential “vacuum of power” if Mubarak is overthrown. But he maintains the diversity of the demonstrators shows it’s possible the country has a moderate, secular future.