BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Chanting, smiling and weeping tears of joy in Egypt. Eighteen days after protests began, President Hosni Mubarak ended his three-decade reign and handed over power to the military.

Kelly McPherson shows us reaction here in Maryland.

If you’ve wondered what pure joy sounds like, just listen to Egyptian-Americans celebrating the end of a 30-year dictatorship in their homeland.

“I never believed that I would be living to see this happening,” said Mona Elmetwally. “Actually, I lost hope that any change is going to come out of the government.”

Elmetwally called her sister in Egypt immediately, but bad phone lines connected her to a stranger.

“I called her name and she said, ‘No, I’m not what you’re calling for.’  I said, ‘Anyway, congratulations!!’ And she started hollering, too,” Elmetwally said.

The owner of a pizza shop moved to other Arab countries and then finally to America to escape Mubarak’s rule. He says he left as soon as Mubarak got into power.

“Collecting money and stealing the money of the people,” said Atif Abdou. “I never liked it. I never liked to be there while he took the office.”

He has predictions for the future.

“Within six months everything will be OK,” Abdou said. “The power will transfer smoothly to the right people of Egypt, not the dictator and his gang.”

A Tunisian man is watching his country reform its government after its protesters overthrew leaders last month in a similar way as Egypt.

“You should have a plan,” said Moez Elgomri, Tunisian. “So if you look at the revolution in the U.S. in 1773, they had a plan. Look at what the founding fathers did. What happened today in Egypt tells the world that Egyptians are capable of governing themselves.  And they let all people in this world hear their voice.”

But first, there is some laughter and long-awaited satisfaction.

“We’re now equal, OK?  You’re free, I’m free. We’re equal, OK?” said Ashraf Rashwan, Koko Market owner.

Many local Egyptians told WJZ Algeria could be the next revolution to successfully oust its government.

Click here for more information from CBS News about the developments in Egypt.

Comments (11)
  1. bernard F Mc Kernan says:

    Enjoy for now & pay at the pump later everyone. Wait until the new Muslim gang get’s in power, you will be begging for a Mubarark type who was a puppet of the U.S. We are hated in the Middle east & thanks to the likes of Cheney, Bush, & going back to Carter, we have done little to help the people, We make billionaires out of dictators.

  2. Pasha says:

    Egyptians actually did not care whether Mubarak leaves or stays. It was just an excellent reason to riot. Now, after he is gone, some celebrations (including of course lots of screaming and jumping) then what ? Go back to work ? That’s no fun. I think now they should open a parlor in the Tahrir square, where for a little money one can jump in front of camera, see yourself on a big screen, shout something. This will be a tremendous boom to egyptian economy.

  3. Jesse says:

    I’m happy for them. We can only imagine what they have to endure under a dictator when we cry over Former President Bush.

  4. BK says:

    The middle east is a tough nut to crack for those in the west. Our version of Democracy is not in the cultural makeup, not that it can’t morph. Those who are use to taking orders from the strong hand will have a hard time developing into a representative society. Just look how long it took the few who did become Democratic ( to a degree ) in the post WW1 and WW2 Monarchy and Dictatorships to become functional. I have the best hopes but historical actions have a long memory!

    1. BK says:

      One more thought. Economically developed countries, at the least in an intellectual form, believe the concept that diversity makes for a better society. To allow a person to not be the same color or religion or dress the same. To allow women to excel as well as men to make society better and advance the human sprit. This has not always been the case outside of the highly developed economic countries. And true, not all within the developed countries embrace this also. But the majority rule has given me, the freedom to express my thoughts in an open forum. I wonder if the new Egypt moderates will have the that ability?

  5. KottaMan says:

    To the people of Egypt: Be careful what you wish for. If you are not careful, the country may well end up like Iran…..

    1. Squaregrouper says:


  6. Patricia Smith says:

    well America be Allies with Egypt in 5 years, 2 years, a years..we shall see.

  7. pass go says:

    bunch of animals. who cares about em.

    1. Realist says:

      Don’t be fooled. That country has a large western educated population. They have see the benefits of modern, secular society because of that education. Don’t let your prejudice overshadow common sense. The new power can be our friend or our problem. Oh never mind. You don’t get it!

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