Despite worries about the safety of loved ones in Egypt, many Egyptian-Americans rallying in Denver Sunday said they back the fight for freedom in their mother country.
"Down! Down! We Want President Hosni Mubarak to step down!" Nancy Ragab shouted Sunday afternoon as she lead the rally in front of the Colorado Capitol.
For Ragab, who has family in Egypt, this week has been a time of great anxiety -- and exhilaration.
"I didn't sleep for like five days," Ragab told 7NEWS Reporter Christine Chang. "I couldn't go to work. I can't do anything except watching TV, Internet, Facebook and Twitter."
But like many at the rally, Ragab said she is torn between supporting her family member's struggle for Egyptian liberty and worrying about the chaos and danger.
"I want them to be out on the streets," she said. "This is their chance for a fair life."
Chang asked Professor Robert Hazan, chairman of the political science department at Metro State, why Egyptian protesters are demanding change now after enduring Mubarak's iron-fisted rule for 30 years.
"Overall, there's one word that is the most important: justice -- social justice, economic justice and political justice," Hazan said. "I think that there has been for decades, under the leadership of President Mubarak, a consistent denial of the rights of the Egyptian people."
Now, Egyptian-Americans like Ragab are showing loved ones back home how to demand to be heard by their government.
"U.S. government, help Egypt!" she shouted to the capitol crowd.
"This is the last chance for the U.S. government to stand by the Egyptians," she said later. "This is their last chance."
Since popular protests ousted the Tunisian president two weeks ago, some Coloradans aren't willing to cheer the Middle East's democratic aspirations from afar.
One man told Chang he was flying back to Tunisian to be with his family.
This is an exiting time and he wants to share the experience with them.
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