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Wausau candlelight vigil recognizing political unrest in Egypt planned

WAUSAU (WAOW)--Wausau organizers are planning a candlelight vigil, recognizing the political unrest in Egypt. The vigil is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in front of the Peace Sculpture on River Drive.

According to the group's Facebook posting, the vigil is intended to show support for the Egyptian people "and their desire for a fair election process, and encourage the government to address the problems of poverty by raising the minimum salary, reform the educational system with the aim to pave the grounds for democratization, societal peace, and social justice."

In 2009, the group worked with local designers and the city to erect a 10-foot Peace Sculpture in downtown Wausau. The sculpture was the vision of visiting Egyptian student Moustafa Saleh and artist Patrick Plunkett. Engraved in steel on the wings of the dove is the word peace written in both Arabic and in English.

Saleh attended Northcentral Technical College. He hoped to create a similar sculpture in Egypt when he returned.


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