Egypt farmer held for naming donkey after top general

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An Egyptian farmer has been arrested for putting the name of the country’s military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and an army cap on his donkey, state media said Saturday.

Omar Abu al-Magd Ali al-Saghir was arrested late on Friday in the central province of Qena for allegedly insulting the general, state news agency MENA reported.

The farmer was noticed by authorities after he rode the donkey through his home village in an act deemed “directly insulting” to the army, MENA said.

General Sisi ousted Islamist President Mohammad Mursi on July 3 and now acts as vice prime minister and defense minister as well as army chief.

He is popular among the large segment of Egyptian society that called for Mursi’s ouster, reported Agence France-Presse, and his portrait is displayed in shop windows, in cars and on walls in the Arab world’s most populous country.

Since his ouster, authorities have launched a massive crackdown on pro-Mursi Islamists who regularly protest against the government.

(With AFP)

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