PARIS - Hundreds of people demonstrated in Paris on Friday their support for the protest movement against the regime of Egyptian President cries of "Mubarak emerges.
Approximately 300 to 400 people gathered at Les Halles in central Paris, in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of Egyptians who booed Friday President Hosni Mubarak in power for three decades has seen an AFP journalist.
"Mubarak emerges," chanted the demonstrators repeating the slogan of the Egyptian street. "Down with Mubarak", "The people want to dissolve the government," they cried together at the call of the League of Human Rights (LDH) and a Committee of Solidarity with the struggle of the Egyptian people.
Among the demonstrators were many Egyptians but also by the Tunisian Solidarity came after similar events in their country have caused the downfall of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, in power for 23 years.
"I'm here to support the Egyptian people, calling for democracy, Mubarak's departure, the departure of the military who held the country," said Sarah, 36 year old Egyptian architect, who prefers to conceal his surname to avoid reprisals against his relatives in Egypt.
"I am humbled and proud of my people. I am glad he has the strength to break the fear," she added.
The demonstrators expressed the hope that this unprecedented protest movement in Egypt and Tunisia completed by the fall of the regime, while fearing that the violence of law enforcement would put an end to the mobilization. On Friday, Mr. Mubarak called on the army to enforce security.
"I have hope: there were no such demonstrations in Egypt for 30 years. In the past, every time there was a demonstration, it was followed by violence and the movement calmed . Today it's different, it does not compromise, "said Shams Labib, Egyptian psychologist of 30 years.
"But it'll be harder than in Tunisia where the army took advantage of people. In Egypt she is with the government, she took to the streets against the demonstrators, it will be very violent."
Many people also called the West to push for regime change in Egypt. "It is that France and the United States to help stop the dictator there. We need the U.S. to lobby for him to leave," said Mr. El-Tantawi, accountant of 46 years.