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SoCal Egyptians closely watch events unfold

February 11, 2011 12:52:16 AM PST
Southern California Egyptians closely watched the events unfold in their home country. Weeks of protests forced President Hosni Mubarak, who reigned for nearly three decades, to finally resign.

"I think it's good. It's going to give more chances (for) the people there to form a new country, a new government," said George Zakhi.

Zakhi was one of several Egyptian immigrants in Montebello on Friday being sworn as U.S. citizens, who came for the same freedom their family and friends are fighting for back home.

"It's better for everybody," said Imad Baselious said. "A lot of people can't afford food to eat, anything."

In Anaheim, drivers were seen driving while waving the Egyptian flag, and people were seen cheering and hugging.

Many believed Mubarak was corrupt, and the political system he created simply didn't give enough of them opportunity. That's what drove immigrants to America.

"Finally we got our freedom after 30 years of poverty, 30 years of people making less than $2 a day and other people making billions and billions of dollars every single day," said Mohamed Said of Anaheim.

Said said he wants to go back to his country now that things are changing.

"I want to live there," he said.

While the general opinion was that Mubarak resigning was good news, Egyptians also realize there are a lot of unknowns. Things could get better in Egypt, but they could also get worse.

"It's scary because nobody knows exactly what's going to happen," Zakhi said.