Egyptian students in Indiana keep close eye on developments

Shaey Garas and Noursan Eleaskar
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Thousands of protesters are demanding the removal of the president of Egypt.

For three straight days there have been protests against President Mohammad Morsi, and 16 people have been killed in the unrest since Sunday.

There is concern that Egypt's military could take over.

Tuesday, Eyewitness News caught up with a group of Egyptian college students who left Indianapolis, bound for Washington DC, after studying for the last week at Indiana University.

It's been a busy week for these Middle Eastern students. They spent the last week studying at the IU Kelley School of Business. It has hard to concentrate for some of them because of all that is going on in their Egyptian homeland. The participating students are from Algeria, Jordan, Pakistan, Morocco and Egypt.

Noursan Eleaskar hails from Egypt and she can hardly believe what she is missing out on in her homeland.

"When you see the pictures it is really amazing. You see the streets full of people. No place for anyone," she said.

Shaey Garas is another student from Egypt who is participating in the two-week study program. It is hard to participate in the opportunity of a lifetime while you are missing out on the chance of a lifetime.

"Wish I could go home as fast as I can beause I want to participate," said Garas.

Both say they have kept in contact with all that is going on through social media. Garas says the sentiment that brought on the demonstration is universal: "People didn't like the Muslim Brotherhood. The government didn't respect the people."

Eleaskar concurs: "They are not doing anything for the people. They are doing for themselves. They are not hearing us. The Egyptian military gave them 48 hours ultimatum for them."

I asked both if the possibility of a takeover by the military is scary, starting with Garas.

"No, actually, we trust our military. They are a good organization in Egypt. Best transition is Egypt military," said Garas.

"We are not afraid of them. We trust them. We trust our military," said Eleaskar.

These two believe their country has a proud past from which it can build a proud future - but only if there is change at the top. Eleaskar explains why.

"We have a history. We have a culture. We have people who are experienced. Nobel Prize, science, everything. There is nothing that can prevent us from being pioneers but the problem is we didn't see the change. There is no change. You couldn't feel it. It's the same way. The same thing. You didn't, prices are high, unemployment."

Now they are off for another week in Washington DC before they can return home, so they will have to wait and watch from a distance.

Shaey Garas admitted, "It is too difficult. I wish we were there in Egypt now. I bet it is difficult. God bless Egypt."