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Winona State students struggle to return from Egypt


WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Six Winona State University students are struggling to return from Egypt for the fall semester amidst violence in the country.

Nabih Elteir is not your average political science student. What sets him apart from many others at Winona State University is that he's motivated by recent political unrest in his own country of Egypt.

Elteir is from Monsoura, a town just hours from the epicenter of the protests in Cairo. He was an advocate in the 2011 protests to remove Mubarak from office, and has strong opinions on the situation happening at home.

"I disagree with mentality of the brotherhood inside Egypt, and Egypt will not ever be controlled," Elteir said. 

He's just one of 11 Winona State students who call Egypt home, but as tensions rise in a country at the center of so much unrest, six students are struggling to get back to classes in Minnesota.

"We have three students here that just arrived yesterday from Egypt, they just made it, and we still have six, I guess, more," he said. 

Four of those students hope to catch their flights after the curfew lifts Friday morning, but how and when the remaining two students will get back to Winona is unclear.

"A state of emergency that you cannot leave or even walk in the streets from seven in the evening until six in the morning. So if they're going anywhere from Cairo to the airport, there's going to be a lot of challenges," he said.

We also caught up with WSU political science professor Yogesh Grover, who is following the transition of power. He and Elteir agree that Wednesday's violence in Egypt is a sign that people are not backing down anytime soon.

"The military, as militaries all over the world, in Latin America and other places have seen, that once people have come out into the streets in the millions, they are not going to go back," Grover said.

Elteir added, "The people wanted this. When you ask 40 million people out of 90 million people to do go down to the streets and say no, that's not a coup."

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