A group of about 100 Salafist Muslims and conservative Islamist groups have organised a protest outside the French embassy in Giza, Egypt.
They are angry at what they see as French colonialism in Mali, and with al-Qaeda posters all around, a number of speakers harangued the French and promised they would shed their blood in the desert while Islam triumphed in the region. They included Mohammed al-Zawahiri, the brother of al-Qaeda’s number two, Ayman.
“We’re here to send a message of peace to France. The Egyptian people are strongly opposed to what’s happening in Mali. I think it’s incredible that when a nation applies sharia law, western countries like France go to war with them,” said one man.
“We are calling for support for the Malian people of course, in every way and with everything available. With this escalation France will suffer the consequences around the world. There won’t only be war in Mali, but all around the world, if France continues,” said another.
Many posters in the crowd mocked the fact no-one was ready to go to the Syrian people’s aid, so why was France rushing into Mali? Egyptian police stood by, just in case.
Copyright © 2013 euronewsMore about:
- 1Mandela Memorial Sign Language Interpreter a ‘Fraud’
- 2Social networks respond to mystery sign language and Obama ‘selfie’ at Mandela memorial
- 3Uruguay makes history by legalising entire marijuana market
- 4US considers sanctions against Ukraine as Yanukovych’s offer of talks with the opposition is rejected
- 5Catherine Ashton in talks with Ukraine about a trade agreement with Europe
- 1Uruguay makes history by legalising entire marijuana market
- 2Mandela Memorial Sign Language Interpreter a ‘Fraud’
- 3Riot police raid Kyiv’s central square
- 4What’s God got to do with it?, asks Nobel Prize in Physics winner
- 5Italy: ‘Pitchfork protesters’ disrupt road and rail travel in protest at state of economy
- 16:39 CET Romanian party vows to block bill shielding MPs from graft probes
- 16:20 CET U.S. general who opened Guantanamo prison says shut it down
- 15:55 CET Mainstream parties clinch Austrian coalition deal
- 15:44 CET U.S. targets more groups over Iran’s nuclear program
- 15:35 CET Economist favourite to be named next Somali prime minister
- 15:17 CET Outmuscled Syrian opposition seeks protection from al Qaeda
- 15:11 CET Catalonia sets independence question, Spain says it won’t happen
- 15:11 CET Colombian president’s ratings move up again, would win election