TIME FOR A CHANGE: Egyptian Native Hopes Mubarak’s Regime Over
Published 12:00 am Friday, February 4, 2011
By Dwight Sparks
Towfik Shehata has followed news of the uprising in Egypt this week with great interest.
Egypt is his homeland. His mother, brother, sister, uncles and other relatives live there. He sent his triplets, now freshmen at UNC-Chapel Hill, there to visit over Christmas break, and he usually visits twice a year.
The owner of Venezia’s Restaurant in Bermuda Run, Shehata, 46, grew up in Alexandria, went to college, served his required year’s service in the Egyptian army and left for the opportunities in America that would never have been available in his homeland.
He supports the revolution that is attempting to oust President Hosni Mubarak.
“They are tired of that regime, very tired,” he said. “Egyptian people deserve a better life. It’s a very bad regime. The United States needs to support democracy. That’s what they’re after. They have no security, no opportunity. If you’re not close to the regime, you’re not going anywhere.”
Now an American citizen, Shehata, 46, left Egypt 22 years ago …