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Hundreds of anti-Egyptian government protesters gather in NYC

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Hundreds of demonstrators gather in front of Egypt's mission to the United Nations
  • Mamdouh Kelaid carries sign that reads: "Mubarak go to hell"
  • Demonstrators show solidarity with protesters in Egypt

New York (CNN) -- A few hundred demonstrators gathered in front of Egypt's mission to the United Nations in New York on Monday, carrying signs and chanting pro-democracy slogans about the unfolding events in Egypt, according to CNN correspondent Allan Chernoff.

The protesters chanted "Free, free Egypt. Down, down Mubarak," he said.

Buoyed by massive demonstrations thousands of miles away where protesters have issued Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak the greatest challenge yet to his 30-year-old rule, many of those in front of the mission in New York have expressed solidarity with those battling pro-government forces in Egypt.

"We don't know exactly who's going to be next," Kabary Salem said, describing an uncertain political future born from an uprising that until recently had been devoid of the country's older opposition leadership. "Anybody else! "That's enough!"

Mamdouh Kelaid, a Cairo native and biology researcher living in New York, carried a sign that read: "Mubarak go to hell."

"They should have a new constitution that allows any Egyptian to be elected president," he said.