Marty’s flies the flag of solidarity for the people of Egypt

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Borough President Markowitz stood in solidarity with Egypt’s pro-democracy protestors by raising the flag of the African nation over Borough Hall on Wednesday.

The demonstration of support was made in front of members of the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge, and the Arab-American and Egyptian-American communities of Brooklyn, which cheered as Markowitz raised the pennant — a red, white and black tricolor centered by the Eagle of Salafin, a symbol included in the national emblems of many Arab countries.

Markowitz championed the Jan. 25 uprising in the Muslim-majority nation, which ended on Feb. 11 with the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, drawing similarities between the Egyptian Revolution and the American War of Independence.

“The American Dream is now the Egyptian Dream,” said the borough president, adding that the sweeping rallies were proof that Egyptians wanted better lives for themselves and their families.

“They want the freedom to do all they can to reach the zenith of their God-given potential — just like in America,” he stated.

Brooklyn is home to the city’s second largest population of Egyptian Americans, mostly residing in Bay Ridge.

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What? from Where? says:
Really? You guys sent Shavana "Raging Racist" Abruzzo to cover this story? If she spent half the amount of time actually reporting as she does scouring right-wing conspiracy and supremacy blogs looking for the latest ridiculous claim to demonize Muslims, you guys would win Pulitzers. Unfortunately, she can't write. And she's a lunatic.
Feb. 24, 2011, 9:09 am
Steven Rosenberg says:
Oh, how nice! Why is this clown paid a salary?
Feb. 24, 2011, 9:16 am
jerry from brighton beach says:
BP Marty Markowitz should practice what he preaches.
He stands with the people of Eygpt with their quest for freedom of speech, etc. but when it comes to Brooklynites who don't want his & 75 million dollar Amphitheater in Brighton Beach : It's HIS WAY OR THE HIGHWAY !
What a hypocrite !
Feb. 24, 2011, 9:29 am
Marty's Dietician from Park Slope says:
Was the food catered from Junior's again?
Feb. 24, 2011, 11:53 pm
Salma from Brooklyn says:
First of all Marty's Dietician, it was not a "dinner" or whatever you think it was so you don't have to worry about it coming from Junior's. And for the rest of you people commenting, I was one of the people attending this Press Conference. So don't be talking about how he's a Muslim Lover because he supports the Egyptian Revolution. It was much more than muslims and christians. It was a peaceful revolution in a nation of peace. The Egyptians (as a nation not as a religious group) were fighting for a democracy in their country and that is what brought its attention to everywhere and everyone around the world, one of those people being the president of the Brooklyn Borough. So you shouldn't all be going balistic and posting negative comments just because he is supporting a peaceful nation with amazing people in it. If that isn't a good enough reason for him to support us, then its at least an approbation to all of the martyrs of the revolution. I am an Egyptian/American Muslim and I am proud of it. And for all of you haters that are SO MAD that he is supporting Egypt, go drive up to the Brooklyn Borough Hall and look at it on the top! Let your eyes burn looking at OUR flag hung up there!!! WOOO! EGYPTIAN PRIDE! :DDDD And if you want to get even more fired up making a fuss about the PRESIDENT OF A BOROUGH, you should hear THE PRESIDENT OF THE WHOLE U.S!!! He said:
"We must educate our children to become like the young Egyptian people."...Along with many other leaders! EGYPT ALL THE WAY!
Feb. 25, 2011, 8:07 pm
Crusader King from Atlantic Ave. says:
Yes, peacefully murdering all the Christian's.
Take the tent you're wearing and go back to your cave Salma! In a few months they'll be free to sell their organs to survive just like they do in free and democratic Iran!
Feb. 27, 2011, 1:05 am
Salma says:
"Crusader king"^^, I don't know what news you were listening to but it wasn't murdering the Christians. If you watched the news on what was really going on, what was happening is that the Muslims and Christians were so tightly close that on Fridays, they took turns praying. The Muslims would do they're Friday prayer and the Christians would have their back while praying. Then when the Christians came to pray, the Muslims did the same. They had they're back! So go get your facts straight before you insult people that you have no clue about!
Feb. 28, 2011, 6:14 pm
King George from Slopshire on Hudson says:
That was one day you brainless cow. The very next day they were back to killing Coptic Christians at will!
Save your Taqiyya for those sheep who don't know the truth! You're preaching to the wrong Choir!
It was open season on Christians on Christmas day!
They were burning them alive during Christmas mass.
I have nothing but facts, you have nothing but lies!
I don't watch the fake American News sweetie! I read News stories from all over the world, every night.
Most other countries except for France and England aren't afraid to tell the people the truth!
March 1, 2011, 2:11 am
King George from Slopshire on Hudson says:
Salma why don't you have one of your 20 welfare babies braid the hair on your back!
March 1, 2011, 2:13 am

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