Jul 19 2013
Egyptians call for boycott of Turkey due to Turkish PM Erdogan’s support for Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood
Supporters of the Egyptian revolution that overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood have begun a campaign against Turkey for its condemnation of the military action against Morsi, starting with a product boycott.
World Bulletin (h/t MZ) Anti-Morsi Egyptians have started a campaign boycotting Turkey as steps have been taken to boycott Turkish products and television series. It has been announced that Egyptian movie production companies have supported the “boycott Turkish series” campaign. President of the Egyptian Moviemakers Foundation, Masoud Fude, expressed that a large portion of the movie companies in Egypt would be partaking in the boycott, and that 90 percent of the official companies will boycott Turkish productions.
Meanwhile some media outlets are planning to begin a boycott against Turkish products. The topic is being brought to the agenda on the ON TV channel of Coptic businessman Najib Soueris as the public is being urged to boycott Turkish products. Some Egyptian experts have interpreted Turkey’s approach to the military intervention in Egypt as meddling in the country’s internal affairs, and have highlighted the need for Turkey’s foreign policy to approach the through an understanding of realpolitik and to recognize the new interim government assigned after the ousting of elected President Morsi.
The Presidential Press Advisor Ahmed Muselmani expressed that he considers Turkey‘s approach an unsuitable meddling into internal affairs.
Gulf News “Egyptians and Arabs should boycott the Turkish goods and soap operas in response to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements in which he said he still considers Mursi Egypt’s president,” said Ahmad Taha, the spokesman for the National Change Society, an umbrella grouping co-founded by Egyptian Nobel Laureate Mohammad Al Baradei.
Turkey forged an alliance with Mursi after his election as Egypt’s first democratically elected president last summer. Ankara last year pledged $2 billion (Dh7.3 billion) in aid to prop up Egypt’s shattered economy. Turkey was a key destination for several leaders from the Brotherhood from which Mursi hails. Erdogan and Mursi also exchanged visits during the latter’s one-year-old presidency.
Head of Egypt’s independent Cinema Professions Union Mosa’d Fouda this week called on Egyptian TV stations to stop showing Turkish series, which has widely become popular in most Arab countries in recent years.
“The Turkish authorities have displayed their hostility towards the amazing June 30 Revolution and sided with the autocratic regime,” he added, referring to the day when millions of Egyptians took to the streets demanding Mursi step down, one year after he took office.