Anarchists in Egypt have been hunted by Morsi’s security forces and threatened with amputations and crucifixion . As a result,the Anarchist Alliance-DC Network marched on the Ambassador’s home with this message: mess with one of us anywhere, fight all of us everywhere!
A quick march through the streets from Dupont Circle at about 8PM took marchers to the home of the Egyptian Ambassador near Sheridan Circle. The purpose of the march and home demo was to warn the government that has stolen power in Egypt that Egyptian anarchists do not fight alone, and any adverse actions against them will have consequences. Harm one of us anywhere, fight all of us everywhere!
The situation in Egypt flows from the continuing mass movement, as a continuation of the “Arab Spring,” to unseat Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. They are widely seen as having hijacked the revolution that threw down US backed dictator Mubarak.
The Muslim Brotherhood claims anarchists or “Black Blocs” were behind the burning of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters and an attempt to do the same to President Morsi’s palace in late January. In response to this claim, Egyptian Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah ordered the police-and the military-to arrest any Black Bloc protesters they could catch on site. This is in effect a declaration of war.
Speaking of declarations of war, the Islamist party of the Jihad Organization and Jama’a al-Islamiya have called for CRUCIFYING anarchists and/or cutting off anarchists hands and feet.
There translated words of Jama’a al-Islamiya Mufti Abdel Akhar Hammad were:
“God orders us to kill, crucify or cut off the hands and feet of those who spread mischief on earth,” citing a Quranic reference and continuing. “The president must give that order.”
In other words, they have volunteered to do this if Morsi would give the order, claiming the Quran authorizes these punishments for “banditry.”
Jama’a al-Islamiya was an underground organization until Morsi stole the recent elections and now operates as a political party with acceptance by the Muslim Brotherhood, on condition that Jama’a al-Islamiya not return to engaging in unilateral violence. Thus, they have thrown the ball into Morsi’s court. They were the group believed to be responsible for the November 1997 in Luxor that killed 58 foreign tourists, as well as attacks on Coptic Christians and opponents of fundamentalist rule. Some company the Muslim Brotherhood is keeping!
Since Egyptian anarchists are facing this order of threat, a global day of solidarity was called for February 6, and DC area anarchists rose to the occasion by marching on the Ambassador’s house-a very fancy dwelling indeed. The Egyptian government has been served notice that attacks on Anarchists by Jama’a al-Islamiya will be considered attacks by the Egyptian government via the Muslim Brotherhood, and attacks by the government itself also won’t go unanswered.