Artists and Intellectuals in Egypt are joining anti-government protests that call for the toppling of the Islamist regime of President Mohammad Mursi for its crackdown on individual liberties.
Artists and intellectuals entered an increasingly volatile fray in May following the appointment of Islamist Culture Minister Alaa Abdulaziz and while protests against Abdulaziz have continued, their demands mirror those of the planned June 30 mass demonstrations, organized by opposition forces, that urge President Mursi to leave power.
Writers and artists view Abdulaziz's appointment, who is from the Islamist Arab Tawhid Party, as part of a new campaign to curb individual freedoms. They accuse the Muslim Brotherhood of “Islamizing” the country, particularly its cultural institutions.
Protests in front of the Ministry of Culture have been mobilized by leading Egyptian intellectuals, including novelists Baha Tahir and Yousef al-Qikaid, director Khaled Yousef, producer Mohammed al-Adel and famous actor Nabil al-Haflawi.
Qikaid, an award-winning novelist who was protesting in front of the ministry on Monday June 24, told Al Arabiya that while their initial demand was to end Abdulaziz’s tenure, they are now calling for the embattled president’s ouster.
“We changed our demands and want to see both Abdulaziz and Mursi go,” the novelist said while adding that the violence they witnessed from Islamists against their peaceful protests changed their stance.
Qikaid said violations against freedom of expression are ample and cited the Muslim Brotherhood’s banning of leftist Islamist thinker Hassan Hanafi’s latest book “Contemporary Islamic Studies” as an example. Hanafi was accused of propagating heresy in his publications. His books have previously been banned in Egypt and other Arab countries.
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر