Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood to hold 'peaceful protest' Friday over anti-Islamic film

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood to hold 'peaceful protest' Friday over anti-Islamic film

Cairo : Egypt | Sep 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM PDT
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Million Copts Christians demonstrators in Maspero-Cairo in Friday 13/5/2011

Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers, outside the main mosques in all Egyptian provinces against an American film, which was recently released and mocks the Islamic prophet Mohammed.

Meanwhile, the Freedom and Justice Party, from whose ranks President Mohamed Morsi comes, expressed strong condemnation of the film produced and promoted by U.S. Coptic Christian individuals.

The film is certainly a blatant violation of religious sanctities, international norms and conventions on human rights, which emphasize that freedom of expression, with respect to religion, must be restricted by controls within the law, that safeguard public interest, in order to protect lives, morals, rights and freedoms.

For their part, the Maspero Youth Union (MYU) and the Coalition of Coptic Egypt condemned all sorts of contempt or disdain against any religion, as well as to the sowing of sedition between people who embrace different religions.

The Maspero Youth Union also called on its Facebook page for a rally, this evening, in front of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to protest against the film, which is insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

The Maspero Youth Union said that, "the Copts who took part in the production of the film in question are not representative of the vast majority of Copts. They represent neither Christianity nor the church, nor the Coptic diaspora."

Furthermore, protests have also erupted in several countries, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan and Morocco. In response to the sacrilegious film, moreover, protesters demand end to diplomatic relations with the U.S.

In related news, the United States embassy in Kabul has appealed to Afghan leaders for help maintaining calm over an anti-Muslim video.

Also in Afghanistan, the Taliban claimed that the killing of the U.S. ambassador at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a deliberate and planned. It is an avenge for the killing of Abu Yahya al-Libi, al-Qaida's second-in-command. Al-Libi was killed by a U.S. drone attack in Mir Ali, a town in North Waziristan of Pakistan, on June 5.

At the same time, Taliban called on Afghans to prepare for a fight against Americans and urged insurgents to take revenge on U.S. soldiers over the American Anti-Islamic film, according to ITV News‎ report.


After the Arab Spring, the forms of protests have changed in the Arab and Muslim world. In other words, it has become more fierce. I am sure that if it was not for the Arab Spring, nothing would have happened in Egypt or Libya or any other country, as I mentioned in my report.

I have searched a lot in the matter of the American ambassador's death in Libya. I tried to find a link between the killing of US Ambassador and Taliban statements.

One Arab News Agency said: "Libyan witness said armed men, including ultra-conservative Salafists, had closed the streets leading up to the consulate".

At the same time, another source said: "Most of the demonstrators in Egypt and Libya were following the Salafi jihad."

Don't we feel from these statements that what Taliban mentioned was true?

We must not forget that after the success of the Arab Spring, Salafi movements have emerged strong and for this, I will not be surprised to hear of the killing of Western diplomats in any country, especially since chaos still in control of most of the countries in the Middle East.


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Brotherhood to hold 'peaceful protest', next Friday, over Anti-Islamic film
Moroccan women shout slogans during a demonstration against a film deemed offensive to Islam, on September 12, 2012 near the US consulate in Casablanca .AFP
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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