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Egypt rejects Muslim Brotherhood

An authentic testimony received from a protestor at Tahrirs Square in Cairo Egypt suggests that the internional media are portraying a distorted account of the 'anti-government' revolution.
Ed note: The emphases throughout are those of the writer.

The following is an authentic testimony received from a protester at Tahrir Square in Cairo Egypt:
(Cairo, Egypt, Feburary 3, 2011)

Egypt1“I am writing this to you as a witness to what is going on from the streets of Cairo over the last few days. We have been following the developments since January 25th, which started with a large group of Egyptian youth taking to Tahrir square in an anti-government protest with specific demands. I know some of these people who were in that group and I talked with them. What is happening now has nothing to do with this original protest! What is happening right now is a conspiracy to topple Mubarak from outside the country!! I am not a conspiracy theorist, but let me tell you what I have personally witnessed on the streets of Cairo.

“As we followed the unfolding of events including the announced change in government and president Mubarak's speech, we wondered why the international news media is focusing only on the thousands in Tahrir square who are escalating their demands and refusing dialogue.
The news media is reporting this as “the people of Egypt” wanting Mubarak to leave immediately. Did they ask the “people of Egypt?”. For one, they did not ask me! Where are those, like myself, that want change and reform, but accept the changes that Mubarak is proposing, and want a peaceful transition through elections in September?

Many want peaceful reform

“We decided to take to the streets to voice our opinion. On Tuesday, February 1st we went to Mustafa Mahmoud Square in Mohandessin. There were about one thousand people there around 3:30 pm. The crowd grew to about 2500 by 5:00 pm. People were calling their friends over the phone telling them to come. We left at about 6:30 pm and returned yesterday, Wednesday, starting at 11:00 am.

“The small group had swelled to tens of thousands of people standing together with banners saying things like:

  • yes to stability, yes to Mubarak
  •  give change a chance
  • we are sorry Mr. president
  • we accept dialogue, we trust you
  • no to ElBaradei, no to the muslim brotherhood (many like this one)
  • we are the Egyptians, where is Al-Jazeera, let them come and see
  • no to corruption, no to vandalism
  • we got what we asked the president for, so why are people still in Tahrir? Who are they? What do they want?

“By 2:00 pm, the crowd had grown to several hundreds of thousands of people, maybe up to a million, stretching from Sphinx square to Sudan street. We had a great sense of unity and victory. We met with people who were in the original protest in Tahrir square who decided to join us saying: we got what we asked for, and now we accept Mubarak's changes and proposals”.

Distortion by the international news media?

“We left around 4:15 pm. The numbers had grown even more, possibly over a million. As we drove home we saw the same slogans on banners all over the city, on cars, on walls, on shop windows. We learned that similar demonstrations are taking place. All over the country, in many different cities. this is the cry of the people of Egypt that is being totally ignored by the international news media. Is this on purpose??!!! I am perplexed!!!

“I am wondering: How come CNN, the BBC, and others are reporting only the anti-government protests as the voice of the people? This is not justice, this is not truth. There have been reports that these people are being paid by the government. Not true! I was there with many many others. I saw the streets.

“Regarding the situation in Tahrir square. Only a few people (hundreds?) are still there from the original protesters. They have been slowly replaced by other highly organised groups. They all have the same model of cell phones. They all have the same blankets (eye witnesses). These are not the people of Egypt.  Some witnesses claim that they don't look Egyptian, and don't sound Egyptians (different accent, different dialect). This is a big organised coup to try to convince the world through the media that Egypt wants Mubarak to God, and the media is part of the deception. People in Tahrir square are escalating the situation on purpose to topple President Mubarak. For their own hidden agendas. this is typical of the muslim brothers, and everybody in the streets of cairo knows this. We heard people on the streets saying that the plot to take over the country is now clear. The international media do not want you to know this.

If Egypt falls then neighbouring countries are going to fall

“The escalation of violence in Tahrir square is because of this. Egyptians who love Egypt, the millions that took to the streets yesterday, want this to end. They fully understand that president Mubarak is between a rock and a hard place, that he cannot quench the unrest in Tahrir through the army, so the people want to go to Tahrir to disperse the crowds there by themselves. People in Tahrir are vastly outnumbered. If Egyptians go to Tahrir square to take control of the situation, more chaos will erupt, giving a chance to the international media to blame the President even more.

“If Egypt falls, then neighbouring countries are going to fall one after the other. We ask for truth; we ak for justice. Stand with us. Let the deception be exposed!”

 Glenn Beck interviewing an American Muslim leader on Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood 

See also: Qaradawi Calls For Immediate Resignation Of Egyptian President; Minimizes Role Of Muslim Brotherhood

Direct from Egypt, 06/02/2011

Editor 14/02/2011 17:24
U.S. Embassy to Jordan reiterates U.S. support of King Abdullah amidst regional unrest
The U.S. endorsement comes mere days after Abdullah swore in a new government led by Marouf Bakhit, who has promised to widen public freedoms in response to the anti-government protests that have swept the region.
Ryan Jones (Guest) 15/03/2011 12:23
One of the various misrepresentations regarding the Egyptian revolution was that the participation of some of Egypt’s Christians meant that there was no underlying Islamic agenda.

Many media outlets went out of their way to paint a picture of Muslims and Christians standing arm-in-arm in search of freedom. And in some isolated examples, that may have been an accurate portrayal.

But with the increasing influence of and attention on Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood in post-Mubarak Egypt, Christians are starting to feel the heat, as evidenced by a brutal clash between Muslims and Christians in Cairo on Tuesday that left 13 people dead and more than 140 wounded.

The armed confrontation was preceded by Muslims burning down a church in the Helwan neighborhood of Cairo last week. To rub salt in that wound, the Muslims returned to the burned-out church on Tuesday to conduct mass Islamic prayers on the site.

Coptic Christian spokesmen told reporters that as arguments between the Muslims and the Christians who gathered to oppose them escalated, Muslim gunmen opened fire, killing six Christians and resulting in a pitched street battle.

A Coptic priest told France’s AFP news agency that Tuesday’s battle was not the only trouble of late for Cairo’s Christians. After the burning down of the church in question last week, more than 1,000 Christians had publicly demonstrated at the weekend to demand protection and equality. They were fired on by Muslims.

The priest revealed that Muslims in the area have been regularly firebombing Christian homes and workplaces and throwing stones at Christians who try to publicly demonstrate for their rights.
Egypt’s new military rulers have taken to action to date against the offending Muslims.
During the 18-day revolution that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, while many news outlets were showing Christians and Muslims as a united front, a large number of Christians were actually being slaughtered by Muslims taking advantage of the general chaos in Egypt.

In one particularly gruesome incident, Muslims in southern Egypt massacred two entire families including young children, for the crime of being Christian. In total, 24 Egyptian Christians were murdered in January.

A number of Christian sources also indicated that their community had in no way been fully behind the revolution since many knew full well that it would eventually be taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood. While Egypt under Mubarak was anything but ideal, a new Islamic Republic can only mean a life of severity as second-class citizens for Egypt’s Christians.

Pawlo 15/03/2011 12:54
I think the above is an Israel today magazine article availible online. I'm assuming you wrote it Ryan? Thanks for posting it.

Israel Today is a good source of information, you can subscribe or get more info here.

Editor 04/07/2013 12:37
The ousting of Morsi (and by extension the Muslim Brotherhood) illustrates that much of Egypt's population is
(a) unhappy that the previous (secular) regime has been replace with an equally-authoritarian replacement and
(b) most likely more concerned about issues relating to employment, income, welfare, economic situation etc. than with 'religion'
(c) a general indication that the 'internet/facebook/text-messaging' generation aspire towards a secular socialist democracy than a new Muslim caliphate.

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