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Local Reaction to President Mubarak's Speech

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Rochester: Local Reaction to President Mubarak's Speech
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A religion professor at the University of Rochester has been watching the events unfold in Cairo, and was disappointed that President Hosni Mubarak did not resign.

Professor Emil Homerin said the rhetoric has changed, but the reality has not.

"He has acknowledged them, that he's listening to the voice of the Egyptian young who want change, though I find that rather ironic since one of the first things they are demanding is that he leave," said Homerin from his campus office.

Professor Homerin agreed with several Egyptian professors who said young people in that country are too smart to believe or trust Mubarak.

"A lot of the individuals who are protesting, we have college educated people, we now have doctors and health professionals and professors and all sorts of people here, and I think they have been living under an oppressive regime for years and they know it," said Homerin.

Maya Dukmasova spent time studying in Cairo last semester, where she also worked at an independent newspaper.

"In terms of politics, people were pretty resigned and sort of fatalistic about the situation. People had lived under this regime for 30 years," said U of R undergraduate student Maya Dukmasova.

As President Mubarak pledges to move forward and transfer power, the question remains whether or not he can be trusted.

"In a way, this may be a last gasp to see if he can somehow regroup and hang until September," said Professor Homerin.

Professor Homerin predicts the protests will continue to grow as the Egyptian people remain committed to their political fight.

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