Egyptian Native Talks About Protests
January 31, 2011, 9:52 PM
SIOUX FALLS, SD -
The protests in Egypt have captured the world's attention, but one Sioux Falls man is following the situation more closely than most.
Egyptian-American Essam Makram was involved in the Facebook and Twitter conversations which helped organize the protests.
"These people are asking for their independence," Makram said. "They are asking for their dignity and they are asking for food. That is all they are asking for."
Makram said the people protesting in the streets want better jobs and more rights, including freedom of speech. These are things he said can only come with a new president.
"I wish I was involved in it because it is part of history," Makram said. "It is part of history and I think we will all be thankful for the people in the streets."
Makram's involvement ended when the protests began. Last Tuesday, Makram lost contact with his family and friends when the Egyptian government halted cell phone service and the Internet.
On Sunday, Makram was finally able reach them over the phone.
"They are living an hour at a time," Makram said. "One hour at a time."
As bad as things are now, Makram expects things to get worse before they get better.
© 2010 KELOLAND TV. All Rights Reserved.
5/14/2013 12:16 PM
Sioux Falls Police are investigating an attempted kidnapping at the Empire Mall.
5/19/2013 11:56 AM
The Hand County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Leroy Nye, who was last seen at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.
5/15/2013 6:12 AM
The Yankton County Sheriff's Office has seized a vehicle that authorities believe was involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident.
5/19/2013 5:22 PM
Police are still actively searching for Leroy Nye, 80, who went missing from a home in St. Lawrence, SD and are asking for your help.
5/16/2013 12:09 PM
It wasn't the big jackpot, but more than two-dozen workers at a Sioux Falls company won't mind splitting the second-place winnings in Wednesda...