Egyptians across tri-state celebrate new freedom

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - As the world waits to see who will emerge as the new power there, Egyptians across the globe are celebrating.

FOX19 caught up with Egyptians here in the Tri-State, cheering wildly in Clifton. They feel like this is the first day of the rest of their lives, especially those who were born before Hosni Mubarak's rule and have lived through 30 years of hard times.

Surely, Egypt's best days are ahead.

"Today is so happy," gushed Amina Darwish. "I never thought I would see this day in my life. Since the day I was born, Mubarak's been in power, I never dreamt of him being ousted by a movement of the people. I didn't even dream this."

This is a dream come true for millions of people, who have been oppressed for 30 years under the rule of Hosni Mubarak.

So, at the corner of Clifton and MLK Boulevard, they cheered, they beat their drums.

"You really could have had an all out war in front of his palace and I'm just really glad he left," she said.

Darwish said the revolution was so well-organized, some people were calling Tahrir Square, The Republic of Tahrir.

"They had clinics set-up, they had like huge speakers so everybody could hear, they had weddings!," she said.

"weddings?," we asked.

"They had weddings there!," she laughed. "Well, it's been two weeks, people have to get married I guess."

"Oh my God, sometimes I was crying because I couldn't join them," lamented Ashraf Hassan of Cairo. He called his 86-year-old grandmother to hear her thoughts.

"She's seen the country going down and down and down all the time," he said. "She's very excited."

"I wish I could go right now," he said. "But my heart is definitely there."

"I'm very excited for the people of Egypt right now," said Sakina Grome of Cincinnati. "They have a lot of hope."

She held-up a sign that read in bold letters, 'No justice, No peace, No dictators in the Middle East."

Over and over people spoke of how this all unfolded with dignity.

"During the first few days, some thugs tried to get into the museum and destroy stuff," said Amr Safaat.

When thugs tried to break into the National Museum and destroy antiquities, revolutionaries protected it without weapons.

"All our history is there," Safaat said. "So people, they care for this country."

"They'd see some kid that was breaking something and everybody would stop him," Darwish said. "They're like no, this is our country, we're fighting for it, don't break it."

"I'm so proud to be an Egyptian right now," Safaat said.

They sang Egypt's National Anthem.

Amr Albadawi was just there a week before the demonstrations began.

"I wish if I could have been participated or part of this," Albadawi said. "I can't describe it."

He said people will be out in the streets all night celebrating.

"I am very proud to be an Egyptian, I am very happy," he said.

No doubt, it is an exciting time to be in Egypt, with everybody wondering, on this new day, what could possibly happen next in this still unfolding revolution.

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