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Local Egyptians Plan Chicago March

Others wait for news from Egypt



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    An Egyptian man carries a child and a sign during a demonstration against President Hosni Mubarek in al-Tahir Square on January 29, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets across Egypt in Cairo, Suez, and Alexandria to call for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Riot police and the Army have been sent into the streets to quell the protests, which so far have claimed at least 38 lives and left more than a two-thousand injured. The cabinet has formally resigned, but protesters are seeking a regime change with the resignation of Mubarak. Whilst the Army has deployed tanks and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) to the streets there has been little implementation of them, and soldiers have interacted peacefully with passing marchers. The government has installed a curfew, blockaded access to the Giza pyramids with tanks and APC's and taken measures to secure museums from looters. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

    Local Egyptians plan to rally today at 2 p.m. near the Egyptian Consulate at 500 North Michigan Avenue.

    Several Facebook events, including one that has 97 confirmed guests, show that activists will march silently and carry signs that call for an end to Egyptian president Hosbi Mubarak's authoritarian rule.

    "We need to support the Egyptian people in their struggle for freedom and point out the failure of Obama's administration in supporting democratic change in Egypt," the event information reads.

    Other Egyptian expatriates living in Chicago are waiting for news from their relatives abroad. Sherif Elsayed, who left Egypt 17 years ago, received a video from his adult niece in an e-mail -- it shows her also marching on the street.

    "The time has come," he said. "I just don't want people to die. I want them to be able to speak their opinion and still live."