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UC Student trapped in Egypt during protest

David Watkins (Source Watkins Family) David Watkins (Source Watkins Family)
David Watkins (Source Watkins Family) David Watkins (Source Watkins Family)
David Watkins (Source Watkins Family) David Watkins (Source Watkins Family)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A University of Cincinnati student is making his way out of Egypt as a massive protest is ongoing.

David Watkins, a former intern with the Hamilton County Republican Party, was stuck in his apartment in Alexandria for about two days as violent protest took place in the area.

"Our neighbors, just ordinary Egyptians, some had sticks some had clubs some guns as the night was constant cycle of calm gunfire, calm yelling, calm gunfire," he said in a phone interview with FOX19.

During the night, Watkins and his roommates helped the other residents of the building barricade the stairwell to the second floor with mattresses, couches, anything they could find to keep looters, criminals and anyone else out.

"These people have no fear of government anymore," Watkins said. "President Hosni Mubarak has lost all credibility and legitimacy and the fear it was all based on."

Watkins says the men from the neighborhood set up watch, barricaded the street in and sat guard around the clock, protecting their families and the American students.

"They couldn't believe this was happening either they had to arm themselves and protect the neighborhood and families we thanked them as much as we could for protecting us," he said.

Watkins and other American students were hoping to catch a plane to Greece on Monday evening, but at the time of his interview with FOX19, those plans weren't looking good. Watkins said he had been in the airport for the better part of three days. He said he has been watching episodes of the Simpsons, playing basketball with cheese wheels and growing more bored by the second. But, he said the airport is the safest place he's been in several days.

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