Demonstrators support anti-Mubarak cause

Feb. 4, 2011, 5:47 p.m.

Demonstrators converged in White Plaza today to show their support for Egyptian protestors. Omar Shakir, B.A. ’07, J.D. ’13, one of the event’s organizers, stated that the Stanford demonstrators wanted to add their voices to the chorus of outcries stemming from the Egyptian uprising.

“The goal of the demonstration was to show our solidarity with the people who are campaigning for democratic change in Egypt,” Shakir said.

He added that the ongoing uprising is “a legitimate struggle against an oppressive regime.” Protesters here, like those abroad, are urging the Mubarak regime to “stop using violence against its own citizens.”

President Hosni Mubarak, who has been in power for nearly three decades, has received increasing domestic and international pressure to step down. The anti-Mubarak movement came to a head Jan. 25 when Egyptians called for protests using Facebook and Twitter, and took to the streets. Since then, the uprising has been a focal point of international politics and campus discussion.

A Bay Area-wide demonstration is slated to occur at San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza tomorrow at 1 p.m.

-An Le Nguyen

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