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Over 500 people yesterday gathered on North Michigan Avenue to rally for democracy in Egypt.
The rally took place just outside of Egypt's consulate at 500 N. Michigan. People waved Egyptian flags and chanted lines from Egypt's national anthem. Some held up signs reading "Support legitimacy, democracy, & human rights" and "Morsi is my legitimate president."
Mohammed Morsi, former president of Egypt, was ousted from his office last week after only a year on the job. Morsi was elected after Hosni Mubarak was removed from his dictatorship two years ago, but proved unpopular with the public, who asked the military to remove Morsi from office.
"If [the protestors] claim that they have millions and millions of people who are against Morsi, they can get themselves ready and organize themselves and organize the vote, so after three years, they can get him out," said Ahmed Taha, who organized the rally and is a member of Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights. "These are the ABC's of democracy; why don't they use it?"
Various attendees of the rally admitted they aren't necessarily supporting Morsi or the Muslim Brotherhood (who helped get Morsi elected), but they merely wanted to see the democratic process supported.
"Any president who came after the revolution would be in the same situation as Morsi," said Salwa Ahmed, who has lived in Chicago for more than 20 years as an Egyptian American. "He can't fix everything in one year. He should have at least four years to try, like in other democratic countries.
SOURCE: Associated Press