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Friday, February 11, 2011

With Mubarak's resignation, Atlanta rally will be 'more than celebration'

Mubarak Resigns, Atlanta Rally to Proceed
  • Al Jazeera English
For the third straight week, Atlantans will gather in front of the CNN Center on Saturday to show solidarity with Egyptian protesters demanding President Hosni Mubarak step down. Now that the longtime leader has finally done so, organizer Sam Abdelaziz says via e-mail to expect "more than a celebration."

Show up at 1 p.m. in front of the massive CNN sign tomorrow if you want to participate. Al Jazeera English, which has excelled in offering on-the-ground, round-the-clock coverage of the massive protests that led to the dictator's ouster, is offering live streaming coverage of street celebrations on its website and YouTube channel.

UPDATE, 7:18 p.m. Organizers say the theme will be "Celebration, But Vigilance":

“We will celebrate the end of the brutal 30-year-old Mubarak dictatorship,” said Sam Abdelaziz, an organizer of the local action. “The people of Egypt have shown their power, and achieved a great victory. But we know this is only the first step on the road to real democracy in Egypt.

“Egypt needs more than a new leader. A simple face lift will not do. Egypt needs a new system, REAL change. The transition to such a system has yet to begin. The Egyptian government has been engaged in a campaign of flagrant duplicity and deception, and this must end.

“Now we must be vigilant and make sure Vice President Suleiman and the armed forces respect the will of the united people of Egypt, and do not throw up additional roadblocks on the road to democracy.

“We look forward to the day Egypt will join the democratic world as a full partner, and Mubarak’s barbaric police state and torture chambers will be relics of the past.”

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