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Faculty member: ‘Power is in the people’ in native Egypt

Hamed Sallam

Egyptian-American prof: People's uprising is game-changer.

By Brian Ojanpa, Free Press Staff Writer [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 2/2/2011]

Hamed Sallam said he could sense the upheaval brewing during his recent trip to Egypt.

“I could see people talking about it in the street,” said the Minnesota State Mankato computer science professor, who ended a recent stay in his native Egypt four days before mass protests broke out in Cairo.

Sallam, an American citizen, said he’s buoyed by the uprising that’s been a long time in the making.

He said there have been prior protests against the dictatorial regime of ruler Hosni Mubarak, but this one figures to be a game-changer.

He thinks Mubarak’s topple from his 30 years of power looks to be inevitable because the nation’s 80 million people have reached a tipping point.

The gap between rich and poor has become vast, unemployment rates are high, and Egypt’s “democracy” has long been a sham, he said.

Sallam said he finds it “amazing” that so many young protesters have taken to the streets, given that they’ve never known any type of governance other than that imposed by Mubarak.

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