A diverse group of protesters rallied in front of the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul yesterday to demonstrate solidarity with the Egyptian people and to participate in the worldwide Million Man March. The Egyptian revolt started Jan. 25 in Cairo, and it has grown every day since. The people demand an end to the 30-year reign of Hosni Mubarak. The protests are the largest in Egypt since the bread riots in 1977, four years before Mubarak came to power. As the largest Arab country, the outcome in Egypt may have ramifications across the Arab Middle East. Mubarak is reportedly willing to step down but not until September — and that doesn’t satisfy the demands of the protesters in Egypt.
Today, Mubarak’s armed gangs have attacked. There are reports of hundreds injured in Tahrir Square and at least six killed, one of them a cousin of a demonstrator here in St. Paul. Whereas the previous Minnesota protest at the State Capitol was comprised largely of Americans of Middle Eastern descent, yesterday’s rally attracted many different groups, all of whom supported the Egyptian people’s action.