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Triangle Egyptians celebrate, urge U.S. to support revolution

Posted February 13, 2011

— Thousands of miles from their homeland, Egyptian-Americans have anxiously and hopefully watched as protesters forced an end to the 30-year reign of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

"I actually have my mother there. I have relatives and friends still and am in contact with them on a daily basis," said Moe El-Gamal, a Raleigh resident who emigrated from Egypt in his 20s.

El-Gamal, also chairman of the Muslim American Public Affairs Council, said he fully expects freedom, democracy and prosperity to emerge from the revolution.

"I'd really like to assure the American people that they don't have to be afraid of anything, including the Muslim brotherhood," he said.

El-Gamal said he knew the revolution would come, just not when.

"People are thrilled and excited that something like that happened by the people, in a peaceful way. That's the most important thing – a peaceful way," he said.

"I think the people deserve to celebrate, and we did celebrate over the past two days here in Raleigh," he added.

Moe El-Gamal Triangle Egyptians expect freedom, democracy for country

Tarek Hatem, Raleigh resident and Egyptian native, had a role in fomenting the revolution. Working through various online channels, he has been a part of encouraging specific reforms in the country.

Hatem gave more credit to the people on the ground for the uprising's success.

"All of these guys I know, like my friends list on Facebook, came out and did what we saw on TV," he said.

Hatem said he only wishes he could have been with the protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

"I really miss Tahrir Square, like I'd love to be there," he said.

El-Gamal said the coming days and weeks will be challenging for the Egyptian people as they seek to transition from an interim military government, form a new constitution and hold elections to become a full-fledged democracy.

What they need, he said, is support from the United States and other democracies.

As for himself, El-Gamal said it's been a year since he's visited the country and he can't wait to step foot on Egyptian soil again.

"Finally free soil," he said.


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  • truth9806 Feb 15, 2011

    They will shortly become ruled like Iran, obama is on the wrong side of every issue!

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  • ProudBlackSingleMother Feb 14, 2011

    The military should just rule the country. It will keep the radicals at bay.

  • Mugu Feb 14, 2011

    I will not support this illegal uprising.

  • KwaziMojo Feb 14, 2011

    What revolution? The army seized power.

  • Feb 14, 2011

    Entitled. But I'll see it when I believe it.

  • Evolve Feb 14, 2011

    That's why I said 'on the verge'. And you're going to see it more and more. Free market economics cannot be restrained. Why do you think China outlawed google. Information is power. This is our way of life and other people want it. Uprising against tyranny should always be supported. They may not be free yet, but it's on the way. Or is the rest of the world not as entitled as you?

  • Feb 14, 2011

    What revolution? They went from one military dictatorship to another. Woo-hoo! Partay!

  • Evolve Feb 14, 2011

    ncguy- right on!

    There are a bunch of ignorant comments on here. When W.'s going to liberate a bunch of people you're all about it. When a people inform themselves and overthrow a horrible dictator and a country is on the verge of democracy and free market economics, there's something wrong with that? Why our government is different and so great is the fact that church and state are seperate and we recognize it has to be this way. We should support every bit of what's happening in Egypt.

  • gmarcum Feb 14, 2011

    The U.S. has enough problems here to take care of w/o worrying about a revolution in Egypt. They did it-let them figure it out themselves....