Students 'Die' to Support Egyptian Protesters

Allyse Bacharach/Senior Staff

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Demonstration for Egypt

Students 'die' in front of Sather Gate to raise awareness for the situation in Egypt.

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Holding posters, banners and flags, around 80 demonstrators staged a "die-in" Thursday afternoon at Sather Gate to raise awareness about violence against Egyptian protesters, to denounce U.S. aid to the Egyptian government and to stand in solidarity with ongoing protests in the country.

At the demonstration hosted by the campus Muslim Students Association political action committee, around 20 protesters wearing black clothes and holding signs and banners blocked Sather Gate, while nearly 40 other protesters lay on the ground, representing those killed in the Egyptian protests.

A crowd of onlookers, including students and concerned community members, gathered around the demonstration as the students lying on the ground got up and stated the reasons for their "deaths."

"I died for a dictator to step down," said one student.

According to Sadia Saifuddin, a member of the committee, the purpose of the event was to raise awareness about ongoing protests in Egypt.

"Egyptians are dying at the hands of our tax money," Nuha Masri, a member of the committee and organizer for the event. "Our money is going into killing people and supporting the regime of a dictator."

According to Fatima Mekkaoui, a student at the event and member of the committee, students need to be aware of the money going into U.S. foreign aid for Egypt.

"The university and education are looking at budget cuts right now," Mekkaoui said. "If we have enough money to send aid to the regime in Egypt, but don't have enough money to aid our own people, that is pure hypocrisy."

The majority of the protesters left Sather Gate by around 1:30 p.m., but as of press time, some were discussing staying overnight.

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