Some 15 University of South Carolina students, mostly Egyptians, gathered in front of the State House today for a peaceful protest against the 30-year-old regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Holding signs with messages such as “Free Egypt,” singing the Egyptian national anthem in Arabic and chanting “He-ho Mubarak must go,” the students said they were there to show solidarity with fellow Egyptians.
“We are delivering a message to the regime back home,” said student leader Mohamed Sharef, 34, a doctoral candidate in computer science and engineering. “We are saying, ‘Enough is enough.,’”
Sharef said the protest was approved by state officials only yesterday. He and others used Facebook and email to get the word out about the demonstration, and he hoped more students would arrive by the protest’s scheduled end at 5 p.m.John Monk