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A demonstration was held in solidarity with Egyptian protestors in D.C. on Saturday.
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A demonstration was held in solidarity with Egyptian protestors in D.C. on Saturday.

The pictures coming out of Egypt are stirring most every American, but especially people who have family and friends in the country. People in the D.C. region with family in Egypt are watching the crisis unfold with a different perspective than most.

Shareef Eid, whose relatives are in Egypt, says he's not worried for their safety, but he's looking for ways to help, like joining any local demonstrations organized in support of those protesting in Egypt.

"[I'm] trying to show solidarity...with my brothers and sisters in Egypt and my family out there and the citizens of Egypt...I'm proud of them that they're actually speaking up against...dictatorship and oppression," Eid says.

It's different for the older Egyptian-American community in the area. Ahmed Mansour was given political asylum from Egypt. He says he's trying to pressure the Obama administration to take a tougher stance with the Egyptian president because he'll be out of power in the near future.

"The Egyptian people are the people who will stay, and they will keep and be grateful for the American policy if America supports them," Mansour says.

Many in the Egyptian-American community say the United States should consider cutting off aid to Egypt as long as President Hosni Mubarak remains in power.

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