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Egypt’s factions launch rival boycotts

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The Islamist “Anti-Coup Alliance” supporting deposed Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi has announced the boycott of “hostile military-controlled” media and products, a week after a rival group called for the boycott of businesses and products owned by the Muslim Brotherhood.

A statement, published on Ikhwanweb, the official English-language website of the Muslim Brotherhood, asked for the boycott of media, businesses, and products from parties that “support the military coup,” and called for gradual escalation to civil disobedience “according to circumstances and events.”

Civil disobedience

The statement, which also appeared on the official website of the Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, described anti-Mursi media as covering up “massacres, inciting hatred, promoting lies and generally working to mislead public opinion.”

“Do not trust the putschist [General Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi] who kidnapped Egypt's elected President and fabricated farcical, implausible charges against him. Do not trust the mass murderer who thrives on blood of the Egyptians,” said the statement.

Rival boycott

Last week, the Tamarod (Rebel) campaign called on Egyptians to boycott shops, companies and factories owned by the Brotherhood as a response to the violent clashes that occurred after the authorities dispersed the Pro-Mursi sit-in at Rabaa al-Adwiyah square.

Egyptian daily news website Ahram Online quoted a statement from the group listing 51 companies, factories, supermarket chains and charities said to be owned by the Brotherhood.

“Boycott the products of the murderer terrorists who are trying to set the country on fire with our money and the money of the United States and Qatar,” said the statement.