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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:12 AM

Egypt secures liberals' homes after calls for their death

Source: Reuters

Egyptian police deployed security at the homes of prominent liberal opponents of the government on Thursday after a hardline cleric called for their deaths and a secular politician was gunned down in Tunisia.

The death on Wednesday of Chokri Belaid, an outspoken critic of Tunisia's Islamist-led government, was condemned by the opposition in Egypt, where two years of political turmoil has exposed divisions between Islamists and their secular opponents.

The same day, Egyptian liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei - former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency - sounded the alarm on a hardline cleric's call for his own death.

The cleric, Mahmoud Shaaban, appeared on a religious television channel and said leaders of Egypt's main opposition coalition would get a death sentence under sharia (Islamic law). He specifically mentioned ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahy.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/07/us-egypt-islamists-idUSBRE9160R020130207

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Reply Egypt secures liberals' homes after calls for their death (Original post)
Bosonic Feb 2013 OP
oberliner Feb 2013 #1
AAO Feb 2013 #2
LiberalLovinLug Feb 2013 #3
Catherina Feb 2013 #4
AndyTiedye Feb 2013 #5
apocalypsehow Feb 2013 #6

Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:34 AM

1. Scary

Hopefully progressives around the world will make some serious noise about this.

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:09 PM

2. Can you imagine? Democracy in action.

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:47 PM

3. Sad

Liberals are the ones that stoked the rebellion in the first place. They should be the heroes.

Sad how that election went. The way I understood it, the liberal, students etc. came to a point where they thought they couldn't win, which was perhaps a propaganda ploy, but it worked. So they split their votes between the two evils, depending on what they thought was least evil. Either representatives of the old corrupt regime and military, or the Muslim Brotherhood.

What might have been.

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:49 PM

4. Heh. This may be coming soon to an area near you soon.

All some US president will have to do is write it on a memo and it will be justified and supported by whichever partisans are having their 4-year celebration.

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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:52 PM

5. Shaaban's Statement Was Condemned by All Political Parties in Egypt, Even the Salafists

It is not clear who this "cleric" speaks for, if he is too out-there for the Salafists. Is he Egypt's version of Fred Phelps?

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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:00 AM

6. Not good. I hope the situation there stabilizes, and quick. n/t.

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