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Egypt Unrest Hits Close To Home

The crisis in Egypt continues to grow. In South Florida a group of demonstrators lined the streets of Boca Raton.

Their message, for the U.S. to stop sending money to Middle Eastern countries they say is ran by dictators.

Demonstrators in Boca Raton maintained a peaceful protest unlike the one that has unraveled in Cairo.

They say they have loved one's who are in the midst of the turmoil and must show their support from afar.

They've been chanting in Cairo for 8 days now and Thursday the same chants could be heard on the streets of South Florida. An organized protest formed exactly like one the one in Egypt, via facebook.

A crowd of 200 was expected but it was more like 50.

Still the protestors say no matter the size of the crowd it's the cry for the cause that matters most.

They say they've watched in horror as their country became the scene of mobs and destruction.

"I hate to see it destroyed like this."

The protestors came with signs calling Mubarak a criminal and a tyrant and like their brothers and sisters in Egypt they say it's time to get out.

President Obama acknowledged the violence and says he's praying for peace.

"We pray that the violence in Egypt will end and that the right and aspirations of the Egyptian people will be realized,"says Obama.

But some say the President needs to not only pray but also cut funding to Middle Eastern countries with leaders they call dictators.

"Basically they are all corrupt, a lot of them do receive funding from America and that's why some of them are able to stay in power for so long."

The protestors say what is happening across the middle east is not only historical but closing the gaps that once divided them.

"I'm not even Egyptian, I'm Palestinian but I can relate to the struggle that why we are all come out to support one another...

It makes me proud it shows not just Egyptians are worried," says Muhammed Shraiteh.

They don't treat them like they are human. We don't have any free election I don't have registration their to elect," says demonstrator Siham Ali.

And while they are now American citizens many say they still remember where they come from and will show support anywhere they can even if it's thousands of miles away.

"That's my country I will never forget it," says Ali.

The U.S. State Department expects the clashes to get even more violent on Friday.

Protest also broke out in Yemen Thursday as Egypt continues to lead the example of free speech.

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