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Egyptians worldwide protest against Mubarak

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Egyptians worldwide protest against Mubarak


Hundreds of demonstrators on Friday took to the streets of New York’s Times Square to call on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to quit.

Protesters chanted “Mubarak must go” while waving Egyptian flags and holding placards that read “End US aid to the Mubarak regime” and “Egyptians united will never be defeated.”

“I am here to tell President Mubarak – step down. Thirty years is enough,” Ibrahim Musba, an Egyptian who lives in New York, told the AFP news agency.

“He is a dictator but now everybody in Egypt is waking up. We need a democracy.”

Similar protests took place in a number of major cities worldwide on Friday.

In Paris, Reporters Without Borders demonstrated outside the Egyptian embassy over attacks on journalists covering the popular uprising against Mubarak.

The press freedom group accused authorities in Egypt of trying to muzzle the media through intimidation.

In the Turkish city of Istanbul, several hundred people gathered outside a mosque after Friday prayers to show solidarity with the Egyptian pro-democracy movement.

They shouted slogans such as “Mubarak go home.”

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Mubarak to listen to his people and resign immediately.

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