DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Dozens of Detroit-area Arab Americans gathered to celebrate Hosni Mubarak's resignation as Egypt's president and to express hope that a domino effect could bring democracy to other Middle East countries.
Thirty-year-old Ahmed Aly of Mount Clemens led the crowd in the singing of Egypt's national anthem Friday evening at the Lebanese American Heritage Club in Dearborn, just outside of Detroit.
The Egyptian-born man says he cried when he heard news of the resignation.
The crowd also observed a moment of silence for those who died during the uprising.
Organizers say a larger rally is planned for Saturday afternoon outside Dearborn City Hall.
Dearborn is the center of southeastern Michigan's large Arab-American community. About 300,000 people in the region have roots in the Arab world.