(WASHINGTON) -- Nearly 300 protesters gathered outside the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Saturday to show their support for the protesters in Egypt and to express their discontent with Egypt's government, particularly Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
The crowd, consisting mostly of young people, continued to grow into the early afternoon. More than 800 people RSVP’d to the event on Facebook.
The passionate demonstrators were waving Egyptian flags and carrying signs, alternating chants between Arabic and English. One common chant was, "Hey, Obama! Listen up. ‘Cause Mubarak's time is up."
Signs read, "Mubarak - game over," "Mubarak out," and "End U.S. support for the Mubarak dictatorship."
Tears streamed down one woman's face as she chanted in Arabic.
Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim, an Egyptian dissident jailed three times for speaking out against Mubarak, spoke briefly to reporters at the rally, praising the protesters in Cairo and urging the Egyptian president to step down before the situation deteriorates further.
Police blocked off the streets as protesters planned to demonstrate until early Saturday evening.
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