Aug 24 2013
EGYPT: Significantly weakened (by Egyptian Army) Muslim Brotherhood fails to make a promised show of force in the streets of CAIR yesterday…
But they have a pretty new yellow ‘victory’ sign to remember the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp, which was dispersed last week in a deadly military crackdown on demonstrators in support of former President Mohammed Morsi.
(Many of the armed protesters were killed by the Egyptian Army and Security Forces but there were several reports of armed Muslim Brotherhood protesters killing their own and blaming it on the Army)
VOA News The ‘four-fingered salute,’ as it has come to be known, is being publicized by bright yellow signs posted on social networking sites by Muslim Brotherhood supporters wanting to remember the Rabaa demonstrators. In Arabic, Rabaa means ‘fourth’ and the hand gesture is being used to display solidarity with protesters.
Mass protests called by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood mostly failed to materialize on Friday as the movement reeled from a bloody army crackdown on followers of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Troops and police had taken relatively low-key security measures before the “Friday of Martyrs” processions that were to have begun from 28 mosques in the capital after weekly prayers.
But midday prayers were canceled at some mosques and there were few signs of major demonstrations unfolding in Cairo. “We are not afraid; it’s victory or death,” said Mohamed Abdel Azim, a retired oil engineer who was among about 100 people marching slowly from a mosque near Cairo University. “They intend to strike at Muslims,” the gray-bearded Azim said. “We’d rather die in dignity than live in oppression. We’ll keep coming out until there’s no one left.” (We’d rather you die, too)
Some marchers carried posters of Morsi, who was toppled by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on July 3 after huge demonstrations against his rule. “No to the coup,” they chanted. Egypt has endured the bloodiest civil unrest in its modern history since Aug. 14 when police destroyed protest camps set up by Morsi’s supporters in Cairo to demand his reinstatement.
The violence has alarmed Egypt’s Western allies, but U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledged that even a decision to cut off U.S. aid to Cairo might not influence its military rulers. (Well, DUH! They just got $12 billion from the Saudis, they don’t want your $1.5 billion with Muslim Brotherhood strings attached)
Some U.S. lawmakers have called for a halt to the $1.5 billion a year in mostly military assistance to Egypt. “The aid itself may not reverse what the interim government does,” Obama said in an interview with CNN. “But I think what most Americans would say is that we have to be very careful about being seen as aiding and abetting actions that we think run contrary to our values and our ideals.” (The only one aiding and abetting actions that run contrary to our values and ideals is Barack Hussein Obama is is supporting the terrorists of the Muslim Brotherhood)
He said the United States was re-evaluating its ties with Egypt. (Egypt has already re-evaluated it’s ties with the U.S. and as long as Obama is in power, they are cut off) “There’s no doubt that we can’t return to business as usual, given what’s happened,” he said. The United States has nurtured an alliance with Egypt since it signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979. Military cooperation includes privileged U.S. access to the Suez Canal.
The Brotherhood, hounded by Egypt’s new army-backed rulers, had called for demonstrations across the country against the crackdown, testing the resilience of its battered support base. A few dozen Islamists, many of them women, marched in an old Cairo district. Some carried Egyptian flags or rolled-up Morsi posters. Others held umbrellas to ward off the afternoon sun.
Asked if she was afraid, a fully veiled nursery teacher with four children, who gave her name only as Nasra, said: “God will make us victorious even if many of us are hurt and even if it takes a long time. God willing, God will bring down Sisi.” (Allah might, but God is behind Sisi)
Security forces kept a watchful eye, but did not flood the streets, even near Cairo’s central Fateh mosque where gun battles killed scores of people last Friday and Saturday. The mosque’s metal gates and big front door were locked and chained. Prayers were canceled. Two armored vehicles were parked down the street, where people shopped at a busy market.
Only one riot police truck stood by near Rabaa al-Adawiya square in northeastern Cairo, home to the Brotherhood’s biggest protest vigil until police and troops stormed in, killing hundreds of people, bulldozing barricades and burning tents.
And here we have the Canadian chorus version of the Four Finger Terrorist Supporters: