WAUSAU (WSAU) About 30 people attended a vigil for peace in Egypt last night in Wausau. They gathered at the peace sculpture near River Drive that was donated to the city by an Egyptian artist who visited the area a year ago.
Egypt has seen three days of unrest as protests have intensified against the rule of President Hasni Mubarak. A group of Egyptian exchange students attended North Central Technical College last year. Communicating with them has been difficult, as the government has shut down the internet in Egypt since the protests began last week.
One of the peace vigil organizers spoke with sculptor Moustafa Saleh by phone. He said there are still large numbers of people in the streets, and he is concerned for his family’s safety. Demonstrators in several Egyptian cities have defied dusk-to-dawn curfviews. The country’s feared secret-police have not been seen on the streets for several days. The army has been called in to prevent looting.
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