BOSTON (CBS) – Timothy Quinn moved from Boston to Cairo eight years ago. Despite the widespread protests that have broken out in his adopted home, he says he has no intention of leaving.
Over the weekend, Quinn took part in citizen patrols to help keep order in his neighborhood while anti-government protests raged in the city.
“Each intersection was covered by anywhere from five to twenty guys; young men from 15 to about 50,” Quinn told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Deb Lawler. “We would go from group to group seeing how everyone was doing; making sure that people were relaxed. Making sure that they understood there was a similar group at every single intersection and that for anyone looking to loot, looking to do whatever, would be apprehended.”
Quinn said that most of the demonstrations have been taking place in the heart of the city, and not in the neighborhoods. He said he feels perfectly safe.
“Every single day I’ve been out and about walking in my neighborhood,” Quinn said. “I’m actually on the street right now buying groceries and fruits and vegetables.”
While the U.S. government has recommended that Americans look to evacuate, Quinn says that is not his current plan. He is in Egypt running a small startup company, and plans to remain, for now.
“I registered with the embassy, with the State Department today. I’m on the list to be evacuated. However, I have been in contact with my partners and they are either working or scheduled to start working tomorrow. So I think I can be better serviced here than anywhere else.”