Egyptian belly dancer ‘shakes it’ outside U.S. embassy in Cairo

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Controversial Egyptian belly dancer Sama el-Masry celebrated the departure of U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson in style this week, appearing in a video dancing outside the U.S. embassy while burning an American flag.

Masry was accompanied by a troop of Folkloric musicians dancing and singing along, as she broke a clay pot outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo, a traditional Egyptian act, which can send a message implying “good riddance.”

The American Ambassador’s term has ended in August. She had faced a wide criticism in the country from various political groups and media outlets, for statements she had made before the nationwide protests on June 30 but also for the U.S. position on President Mohammad Mursi’s ouster.

In a speech that she gave at the Ibn Khaldun Center for Developmental Studies, Patterson had said that she was skeptical about the call for protests. The statements were seen as a support to Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood group.

“Some say that street action will produce better results than elections. To be honest, my government and I are deeply skeptical,” the speech said.

Images from anti-Mursi protests last July showed protesters holding banners with a red X on Patterson’s face and various insults.

State-run daily Al Ahram published a front-page story last week accusing the Ambassador of conspiring with the Brotherhood to spread chaos in the country.

Patterson angrily replied to the claims by sending a letter to Al Ahram’s Editor-in-chief Abdel Nasser Salama accusing the paper of spreading false and “absurd” claims.

“This article isn’t bad journalism; it isn’t journalism at all,” Patterson wrote. “It is fiction, serving only to deliberately misinform the Egyptian public.”

The Egyptian Belly Dancer has repeatedly made bold statements on her political views against the Brotherhood.

One of her recent videos went viral in July, where she sings in Arabic with English subtitles and dances as a message to American President Barack Obama, accusing him of supporting the Brotherhood and meddling in Egypt’s affairs. The song was titled “Obama, your mother, your father.”

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