BOSTON/Copley Square - It was loud in Copley Square this afternoon as close to 300 people marched around Trinity Church, chanted slogans, and made speeches in solidarity with Egyptian citizens seeking to depose President Hosni Mubarak and form a more democratic and representative government there.
Many young Egyptians and Egyptian-Americans turned out for the rally, organized primarily through social networking sites such as Facebook. There were a significant number of peace and social justice groups represented as well, including International Action Center, United for Justice with Peace, Veterans for Peace, and various student groups.
Rally organizers walked around the crowd with bullhorns while participants took turns making speeches calling for President Mubarak to leave office. Many people held signs calling on the United States to stop funding the Egyptian military and domestic security forces.
Energy amongst the crowd was high and several speakers appeared to lose their voices as they led chants of "down, down, Hosni Mubarak" in English and Arabic.
At least three times, the entire gathering marched around Trinity Church chanting and waving their signs at passersby.
The following is a mix of sounds and voices from the rally in Copley Square today.