Chicagoans rally to demand Egyptian democracy

February 5, 2011 7:59:01 AM PST
About 100,000 protestors in Cairo supported by a nighttime Chicago rally and new White House diplomacy put more pressure on Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to quit.

It was peaceful in Cairo's liberation square as the big anti-Mubarak crowd chanted and prayed.

Soldiers and tanks made sure that the protest remained nonviolent.

Some in the crowd heard a rumor that Mubarak had resigned, and they celebrated until learning that the report was false.

On Saturday night, a crowd in downtown Chicago denounced Mubarak and demanded freedom and justice for the Egyptian people.

Organizers say the entire Chicago area and Wisconsin were represented.

Those attending urged the U.S. to support fair elections in Egypt and an end to attacks on protestors.