PARRSBORO - Gary Welton came home from work in Egypt early this week after a citizens' uprising brought the country to a standstill, including the Rowan oil rig he was working on.
Welton, an installation manager on the rig in Alexandria, was among those who made the decision to shut down operations after deeming conditions in the city too unstable to guarantee the safety of the workers.
"It was getting crazy towards the time we left," he said. "Where we were docked, we were probably five or six blocks from the main square in Alexandria, and Alexandria probably had the most rioting at that time."
He said there were 16,000 people in the square that night, and they overtook the city. Two police stations were burned. He could see the smoke and the flames and hear the gunshots from where they were lodging at the local naval yard.
(For the full story, see the Feb. 12 issue of The Citizen)