Egypt Solidarity Protest Draws Hundreds in Anaheim


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Hundreds of people lined Brookhurst Street in the heart of Anaheim’s (unofficial but should be official) “Little Arabia” community. They gathered yesterday afternoon for a rally in solidarity with the Egyptian people who have defiantly challenged the decades-long autocratic rule of the dictator Hosni Mubarak as well as with the “Day of Rage” protests in Yemen. Though the demonstration organizers held a double-billing, Egypt was the central draw. Youth chanted from the rooftop of Little Arabia’s central Brookhurst Plaza of restaurants, apparel, and other store fronts. Others started an impromptu march around the block denouncing Mubarak. Supporters honked their horns continuously throughout the hours-long gathering. And if I knew the language, I could better appreciate the following film footage I took! Either way, I like when the beat drops!

Some classless idiots took the opportunity to showcase their ignorance as they drove by Brookhurst and foisted their middle fingers at a group of older women – my guess is that the motorists weren’t Mubarak supporters and their actions came from a much more stupid place! Other than that, there was no snags…except maybe for the brief appearance of the Anaheim Police Department’s Equestrian Unit. Given that Mubarak thugs rode horses in Tahrir Square earlier this week and caused chaos through violence, breaking out the Equestrian Unit probably wasn’t the wisest thing to do at this local gathering of anti-Mubarak sentiment! Luckily they seemingly disappeared as quick as they came. The crowd carried on with spirited chants. “1, 2, 3, 4: No Mubarak Anymore!”

My own personal chant for yesterday…”I may just be one Chicano! But I say Mubarak must go!”


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