London rally calls for Mubarak to go

29th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Hundreds of protesters rallied outside the Egyptian embassy in London on Saturday calling on President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

Protesters waved banners reading: "Tell Old Pharaoh to let my people go" and "No to dictatorship".

Ali Hegazi, 31, from Fulham, west London, said he had been unable to contact his family in Egypt due to the restrictions imposed on the Internet.

"Mubarak has to leave because no one wants him in Egypt," he said.

"I'm not worried about my family because I have got complete faith in the behaviour of the people who are on the streets."

Rafik Bedair, 36, a doctor from Manchester, northwest England, said: "Our point is to show some solidarity with the people demonstrating in Egypt.

"We're calling for Mubarak to go for people to get their freedom."

Mubarak's address Friday saying there would be more freedom for citizens was "just an extension of the promises we have been hearing for the past 30 years", Bedair said.

A group supporting the Islamic movement Hizb ut-Tahrir also turned up at the embassy in the plush Mayfair district calling for Mubarak to go, saying he was under the influence of the West.

The Office of National Statistics estimated in 2009 that there were 27,000 Egyptian-born people in Britain.

© 2011 AFP

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