I Dream of Democracy for My Homeland; EGYPTIAN UPRISING BRINGS HOPE FOR CITY LECTURER: HOPE: Politics Lecturer Alexander Kazamias, Who Was Born Egypt, Is Watching Developments Closely from Coventry
Byline: Cara Simpson
AN EGYPTIAN-BORN Coventry University lecturer says he would have joined the Cairo protests were it not for his job.
Dr Alexander Kazamias, a senior lecturer in politics, was born not far from where the dramatic protests are being staged in Cairo, and feels strongly that President Hosni Mubarak should be forced to resign.
Egyptians have taken to the streets in their thousands in a protest against the authoritarian regime of the president.
Having grown up during Mubarak's 30-year regime, Dr Kazamias said he is excited by the protests and hopes it will result in a revolution for the country.
He said: "If I could, I would protest in Cairo but I can't just up and leave because of my job, but I feel so strongly about it because I remember the torture and oppression people suffered under President Mubarak's dictatorial regime.
"I also feel that the Egyptian people have always deserved better and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Egypt and the Middle East to bring about a democracy. I'm not saying it would happen immediately but it would be a great start."
Dr Kazamias, aged 41, left his native country when he was 18 to study for a degree in politics at Coventry University and remained in England before starting his job at the university. He was unaware of how oppressive the regime was until he arrived in England. …