Memphis Student Joins Millions in Egypt's Tahrir Square

Memphis Student Joins Millions in Egypt's Tahrir Square

A University of Memphis graduate student is watching history unfold in Egypt. Amr Shahat, a graduate student, is in Cairo visiting family, after travelling to the country as part of a U of M trip.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - A University of Memphis graduate student is watching history unfold in Egypt. Amr Shahat, a graduate student, is in Cairo visiting family, after travelling to the country as part of a U of M trip.

"I'm just excited, being happy," Shahat said Wednesday evening via Skype. Shahat spent Wednesday in Tahrir Square, as part of a crowd that is being called one of the largest gatherings of people ever.

"By afternoon you start to feel the numbers increase and increase, and before the sunset, right before the sun set, you find them more than a million or two million," he said.

Shahat said the crowds were peaceful for the most part.

"We don't just shout and say things about Morsi, but you start conversations and we share points of view," he said. "You feel stronger."

University of Memphis Professor Peter Brand led a group of a half dozen students who returned from Egypt on Saturday.

He said Egyptians just got tired of conditions in the country.

"I think most Egyptians were just fed up with the situation," Brand said. "Even people who had voted for Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood just were tired of gas lines, and the power outages and the economy going down the tubes."

'There is definitely an economic crisis in Egypt. Foreign investment has plummeted. Tourism industry is at an all time low," Brand said.

"We drove past one in Luxor that stretched on for more than a mile, people waiting to get gas, and by the end of the week before we left, you couldn't get gas, they had just run out," he added.

Brand was able to connect with Shahat Wednesday evening.

Shahat is staying with family about 90 miles outside of Cairo. He's due back in Memphis in August.


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