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article imageHundreds rally in Toronto to support Egypt, Tunisia protests Special

By Andrew Moran     Jan 29, 2011 in World
Toronto - Halfway around the world, tens of thousands of Egyptians, Jordanian, Tunisian and Yemen citizens are protesting their government. In Toronto, hundreds of supporters gathered at Yonge and Dundas Square.
Digital Journal has reported over the last two weeks of the intense protests occurring in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Jordan. The Tunisian and Egyptian rallies have made headlines throughout the world and have prompted pundits to ponder the question: Are we in the middle of a revolution?
On Saturday, in downtown Toronto at the Yonge-Dundas Square, hundreds of people assembled to support the movements occurring on the other side of the world. Those in attendance called for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down, while others accused Mubarak of being the next Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
“I want Mubarak to step down,” said Zacharia Ahti, one of the many protestors calling for the end of the Egyptian regime. “I want my brothers and sisters to live in peace and the oppressive, anti-democratic 30-year Mubarak regime to come to an end. I have friends living in Egypt who want the violence to come to an end, but they have no other choice.”
Ahti further added that he is very proud of his fellow Canadian citizens taking part in these important demonstrations throughout the country and that any belief that “we are apathetic” are “absolutely false.”
“I believe people in Canada and the United States are helping our cause and are doing the right thing in ending these governments that have done absolutely nothing for their own people.”
Dozens of signs could be seen in the near vicinity of Yonge and Dundas Streets stating: “Mubarak ur fired!,” “Vive La Tunisie Libre,” “Mubarak Out Now,” “A Right Is Not What Someone Gives You; It’s What No One Can Take From You,” “30 Failed Years & Still Promising” and “All Dictators Must Go.”
There were also chants of “Down, down Mubarak,” “Democracy! Democracy! Democracy!” and “Kick Mubarak out the door!”
The Yonge-Dundas Square was so full that protest organizers urged the hundreds to continue to move to the back of the square. About a dozen police officers surrounded the square with their bicycles.
Demonstrations were also taking place Saturday in Montreal and Vancouver and various parts of the United States. Numerous rallies in support of Tunisia and Egypt’s cause have been going on throughout Northern Africa and parts of the Middle East.
Across the street, in front of the Eaton Centre, dozens of activists called for the end of executions and torture in Iran and continually stated: “No to Islamic Republic of Iran.” They also urged the Iranian government to free all political prisoners.
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