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Egyptian speaker chased away by mob at SOAS

Mohammad Tahboub and Tom King


Pro-coup talk called off after Muslim Brotherhood protest

A video published online and obtained by The SOAS Spirit shows a representative of the Egyptian Tamaroud movement being chased out of a Palestine Society event in the Khalili Lecture theatre by angry Muslim Brotherhood protesters.

Tamaroud is a popular Egyptian movement that played a significant role in the June 30th cou and revolution that led to the ouster of President Morsi.

The protestors, behaving in an aggressive manner, attempted to approach and harass the speaker who was quickly ushered out of an emergency exit by SOAS security guards.

Around 30 Brotherhood supporters chanted ”fall, fall the rule of the military” as other students watched in amazement as a highly anticipated lecture was abruptly cancelled. It is unknown whether the group included SOAS students or not but it is observed that the protesters were highly organised having prepared to disrupt the event beforehand.

In a statement to the Students’ Union, the SOAS Palestine Society blamed the disruption on “non-members of the SOAS community”, saying they did so “in order to silence and intimidate our invited speakers and attendees, and to forestall any debate.” There is no proof whatsoever that the protesters did not include SOAS students. The Muslim Brotherhood has been banned in Egypt following the military coup which installed General Sisi as the country’s new leader. Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first civilian elected president, appeared in court last week,

alongside other leading Muslim Brotherhood members, on charges of inciting the killing of protestors during demonstrations outside the Presidential Palace in December 2012.

The SOAS Spirit understands the Students’ Union intends to review the society room booking procedure in light of this incident to ensure that such security concerns can be identified in advance.


8 thoughts on “Egyptian speaker chased away by mob at SOAS”

  1. “There is no proof whatsoever that the protesters did not include SOAS students.” This seems like a very loaded statement, do you have any proof that any were involved? Did you interview anyone from the Palestine Society to ascertain why they made that assertion?

    The Students’ Union did identify the security concerns in advance which is why there was security at the meeting.

  2. Very interesting how you identitied them as Muslim Brotherhood supporters? Or is anyone against the military rule, or the coup as you stated, has to support the Muslim Brotherhood?

  3. That’s interesting. Who defines what a mob is?

    I would have thought a mob would be better described as a group that plan With others in order to oust a democratically elected president.

    I thought you would agree with that statement too

    since you are “SOAS rated amongst the top political universities in the UK”

    Would think so too.

    But it’s clear your views are as one sided as your panel clearly was. I read it was m. Nabawy and Dr. Reem. One instigated the coup and one took to the streets on the 30th of June 2013 in support.

    Very ummmmm … no comment

  4. Thank you SOAS Spirit . The MB are fascist . Thy don’t accept others opinion , they don’t tolerate other religions . their history was written by violence , assassinations and blood . Like Adolf Hitler they uses election to cease power and control the government & the society & media & education . All the respect to the Egyptian people & 30th of jun

  5. This is honestly appalling “journalism”. To basically imply that this was organised by the Muslim Brotherhood? And to confuse the yellow flag which has become a symbol of solidarity with the hundreds of people massacred by the army, with the Muslim Brotherhood, shows that this newspaper needs to make sure its facts are correct before circulating an inaccurate and biased article based on speculation, and a 2 minute video clip.

  6. This is typical of the Muslim Brotherhood. For over 50 years these terrorists have been spreading sedition, violence and intimidation. They are not representative of Egyptian people, only of the Saudi-Wahabi cash that lines their pockets. They tried assassinate Gemal Abdel Nasser – a real Egyptian patriot- many times with their dirty plots and tried to help western imperialists to destroy freedom. 30 of June will live forever in the memory of all free nations as day of liberation.

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