March for Egyptian Democracy in Washington

A demonstration that began in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Washington today became a march to the White House, with 400-500 demonstrators processing down Connecticut Avenue chanting in English and Arabic, calling on Hosni Mubarak and the rest of the Egyptian leadership to yield to Egyptians’ demands for democracy. I cut together a few photos and a recording of the march into the video below:

In conversations with some of the leaders of the demonstration, themselves Egyptian expats, they explained the demonstration as a show of support for the protesters on the ground in Egypt and a call for democratic elections. The organizers felt positively about President Obama’s remarks last night, stressing that Egyptians were revolting on their own– and did not need American help in organizing from the bottom up– but that realigning American aid from military support for Mubarak’s regime to greater support of Egyptian civil society would help Egypt build a strong democracy.

It was an impressive sight, so many people out in support of their countrymen half a world away. Images of the rally may not make it to Cairo soon– internet access is still shut down, and little information is getting in or out of the country– but it’s great to see so many people standing in solidarity.

Higher resolution versions of the photos are available here.

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