North Sinai rises up after Tarawih prayers: ‘we got a president through elections, Al-Sisi removed him with tanks’
Mahmoud Abdel Aziz
Political Islamist parties, forces and movements organized demonstrations and a mass march yesterday evening in Al-Nasr Mosque Square after Tarawih prayers in Al-Arish in support of President Morsy with the participation of the Freedom and Justice Party, the Labor Party, Al-Wasat Party, the Muslim Brotherhood, Ahl Al-Sunna, Al-Jamaa, Al-Salafiya Al-Daaweya, the Salafist Front, revolutionary forces, and the youth of the governorate.
The demonstrators chanted slogans including, “say it strongly, people of Sinai…Morsy is the president of the republic,” “we got a president through elections, Al-Sisi removed him with tanks,” “military rule again is difficult, Morsy is the authority and we are the people,” “lock your door, Al-Sisi became a butcher,” “kill one, kill one hundred, we won’t leave it for thieves,” and “Oh God, the all-loving, they killed our sisters in prostration.”
The demonstrators raised Egyptian flags along with pictures of President Mohamed Morsy and banners with messages supporting legitimacy.
The demonstrators stressed those who undertook the coup are trying to kill the revolution and drown the country in a quagmire of violence and blood, noting that they would prefer to expose their chests to bullets, but continue their peaceful demonstrations and marches, and that in Iran they have a lesson where they opened their chests to bullets until the army finally surrendered.
They added that violence delays the Islamic project, and that they are not against the army and do not antagonize it, but the military leaders are in one camp while 90 million Egyptians are in another camp.
They also announced that the reasons behind the coup against President Morsy were that he was preparing to make three important decisions. They are: to purge the judiciary, to purge the police, and to purge the army.
They denounced Sheikh Al-Azhar’s alliance with the Nazarenes* to topple the president-elect and said that Islam would be victorious in the end, and that the first sign of victory will be the Friday march, confirming that the revolution continues until the will of the people is fulfilled.
* النصارى el-nasaara loosely translated as “of Nazareth”, is an arguably linguistically neutral term which has acquired a derogatory meaning by the fact that firstly, Egyptian Christians rarely, if ever, use the term to describe themselves and secondly, it has come to be associated with sectarian rhetoric used by some Islamists. We have chosen to translate the term as “Nazarenes”.
This was originally published in Arabic on the Freedom and Justice portal.