“I think in order to have a true democracy, all segments of society, including the Muslim Brotherhood, including the left-wing socialists, including Copts [Egyptian Christians] who have been traditionally marginalized in national politics, need to be represented. We need to believe that democracy allows everybody to have a voice,” said Ahmed Rehab regarding how the future Egyptian political system should function.
“What I can tell you is that one of the demands of this revolution was change. People want democracy. They want freedom. They want human rights,” said Ahmed Rehab.
“They want transparency in government. And they want an end to the politically corrupt atmosphere that really permeates many levels of government. Not just at the very top, but through all levels.”
Mubarak forces in plain clothes and with horses and camels cracked down on protestors. Today’s guests discuss what’s happening and what may come next:
Cherif Bassiouni is President Emeritus of DePaul University’s International Human Rights Institute.
Ahmed Rehab is Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago. He’s participated in the Cairo protests and blogs about his experiences at Mindful of Dreams.
Chicagoans came out in force on Saturday to show their support for Egyptians demanding democracy, and called on President Obama to urge an immediate change of the Egyptian government.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets across Egypt today in the largest demonstrations yet. Ahmed Rehab spent the day in Tahrir Square in Cairo, site of one of the largest gatherings. He tells us about the peaceful day of celebration. LISTEN HERE
Let us walk in solidarity with the people of Egypt, so as to remember that the path of freedom always leads to the same place: to peace, friendship and a better world.
Ahmed Rehab gives NPR updates from the ground. He’s the executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He flew to Cairo to participate in the protests.
An uprising in Egypt intensifies as protesters risk their lives to demand that embattled president Hosni Mubarak step down.
“A Chicagoan is in the thick of the protests. Ahmed Rehab is the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago. He says Egyptians are demanding change after generations of stagnation.”
The Egyptian government may have engineered a blackout on Internet and cell phones to keep protestors from communicating, but one call from a Chicagoan in Cairo got through. CBS 2’s Mike Parker spoke with Ahmed Rehab, of the local Council on Islamic American Relations.
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