Egyptians in New York City held a rally in support of the anti-government protests in their native country, calling for the end of President Hosni Mubarak's leadership, outside of the United Nations yesterday. One told NY1, "No matter how far we are we're still going to support. That is where our roots are from and that's where we're going to continue to support," while another said, "Step down. Just resign. His whole crew, the whole government. Just let us pick. Since 30 years, not even one justice for anyone. All he wants to throw in jail he just throw in jail. That's not fair."

Egypt has been in tumult ever since protests started last Tuesday, with many advocating for change after 30 years of Mubarak's reign. The Muslim country has also been under emergency law for the same amount of time, allowing police to "arrest people without charge, detain prisoners indefinitely, limit freedom of expression and assembly, and maintain a special security court," and the toppling of the Tunisian government also encouraged those unhappy with the government to act. (Mother Jones has a great explanation of what's happening in Egypt—and why.) The U.S.'s support of Egypt has also been questioned.

A 43-year-old Egyptian journalist from the Upper East Side told City Room, I was 14 years old when he took office. We deserve better." He also expressed pride in how the protesters, who are regular citizens, ignored Mubarek's curfew, "We defeated an oppressive police machin. We were not afraid of the bullets." Another woman told NY1, "I knew this was going to happen, in fact, a long time ago, because I go to Egypt very often and I see the conditions on the ground in Cairo,. It was ripe. The country was ripe for this kind of explosion, it was just a matter of time."

The United States is offering evacuation flights to Americans in Egypt. And while Mubarak remains in power, it's unclear who will take over if he does step down.