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Egyptians in Garner look to change with hope

Posted February 10, 2011
Updated February 11, 2011

— As Magdy and Samia Saad watched history unfold on their television, they shared the fears and hopes of those who remain in their homeland of Egypt.

The Garner couple moved to the Triangle more than 30 years ago, but still have family in Egypt.

"We were very afraid," said Samia Saad. "All of our family members were guarding their houses. They were, like, taking turns overnight."

The capital city of Cairo has seen more than two weeks of demonstrations and strikes as more and more Egyptians call for change and the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. On Thursday, he said he is handing his powers over to his vice president, Omar Suleiman, but stopped short of acquiescing to the demands that he leave office.

Mubarak said he would stay in the country and that he is "adamant to continue to shoulder my responsibility to protect the constitution and safeguard the interests of the people ... until power is handed over to those elected in September by the people in free and fair elections in which all the guarantees of transparencies will be secured." 

As he spoke, people were booing and chanting "Get out!" and "We're not happy!" while waving their shoes in the air. After he finished, they resumed their chants of "Leave! Leave! Leave!" The crowd in the square had swelled to several hundred thousand in anticipation of the nighttime address.

The Saads see it as a step in the right direction. The protests are necessary to bring about a change in government that, they hope, will lead to restored order and greater opportunity.

"I hope the Egyptian people will finally live the decent life they deserve," said Sami Saad.

Mubarak opponents are not so patient and positive. They said they would stage bigger protests so long as he remains in office, and some even called for the military to oust him.

"The speech is provocative," said Muhammed Abdul Rahman, a lawyer. "This is going to bring people together more, and people will come out in greater numbers."

Hazim Khalifa, a chemist, said: "He's tried to divide people before. Now the people understand him and they've learned his ways."

Khaled Abdel Hamid, a protest organizer, said protesters planned to escalate their actions and march on the nearby Ministry of Information and state television headquarters Friday.

"This is a poor speech from a poor leader," he said. "If he is stubborn, we are stubborn. We are ready to die here."


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  • Garnerwolf1 Feb 11, 2011

    So the German slanders the Egyptian, then others slander her. OK. Now I got it. By the way, both the Saad's attended a fundraiser last night for the Garner Educational Foundation that was held at their place of business. Not that that means anything, but they are involved in the community. The same can't be said for every other business owner out there.

  • fatchanceimwrong Feb 11, 2011

    deutschgirl89: It doesn't take much at all to bring out the anger and sourness in you. I get a kick out of it.

  • fatchanceimwrong Feb 11, 2011

    soyousay: You're right, she is immature. And using a public forum to slander someone personally is cowardly.

    deutschgirl89: You are entitled to your opinion. I'm thinking entitlement is something you understand pretty well.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Feb 11, 2011

    soyousay -- It's better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you are not. I could care less what anybody thinks about me, my age, or what I say on here. This site is to allow people to speak freely about what they I will continue to exercise that right. You don't like it either?...hit the ignore button.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Feb 11, 2011

    fatchanceimwrong -- Contrary to your never-ending stupid beliefs, I do know them personally. I know who their sons are too. Which, I like their sons and Magdy...but not Samia. She is very materialistic and greedy. And I don't need you or anybody else to inform me that I'm entitled to my opinion; I'm already well aware. It has nothing to do with parents have money themselves. It would actually be her husband and his brother Mones' hard earned money seeing how the business they own now was smaller and was initially started by Mones in Egypt, then he brought it here. You don't know anything about who I am or what I why don't you keep your big nose out of business that doesn't concern you or else hit the ignore button under my name if you don't like what I say. K? Thanks :)

  • soyousay Feb 11, 2011

    mr.. killed any chance of hope we had

    how sad for you, many are doing right well these days in this country...also how sad for you not to see the hope for political change in a nation like EYgpt after what they have been through is an enormously uplifting hope for them.
    You aren't one of those who think jack-booted governemnt agents are kincking in your door on a regular basis are you? You really think it is the same here and there?

  • soyousay Feb 11, 2011

    fat..deutschgirl is very young..and sometimes it shows

  • fatchanceimwrong Feb 11, 2011

    deutschgirl89: That would be her hard-earned money. The Saad family has lived, worked and invested in the community for years. You obviously don't know the family, or perhaps you're jealous that the family could come here from Egypt and be more successful than you. You're entitled to your opinion though. Nobody says you can't be ignorant on GOLO.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Feb 11, 2011

    All Samia Saad cares about is her money.

  • Garnerwolf1 Feb 11, 2011

    Do what in the US? Worry about their relatives in Egypt? What are you talking about?