Pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters in Rabaa sit-in in August 2013- Amr Mostafa/ File photo
CAIRO – 13 August 2017: With the anniversary of the dispersal of outlawed Muslim Brotherhood-dominated sit-ins coming up, we are taking a look back at the Brotherhood’s well known members, and sympathizer's proclamation of the wide scope of danger those sit-ins involved.
Ahmed el-Moghir, a staunch Brotherhood supporter admitted that Rabaa al-Adaweya protesters were heavily armed, saying that “we possessed large amounts of arms that were totally enough to deter interior ministry forces, varying from firearms, Kalashnikov bullets, Molotov cocktails and grenades.”
Moghir, who is dubbed as “Khairat el Shater’s boy” has long plied social media platforms to incite crowds to violence against the armed forces and has repeatedly called on Brotherhood members and their supporters to launch an armed revolution to establish the state of Islam.
On the other side, Amr Darrag, who served as the Brotherhood’s “Freedom and Justice” Foreign Relations’ committee announced that the then- army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi preferred dialogue over force to put an end to the sit-in, quote unquote, but they have chosen to go different ways.
Assem Abdel Maged, a prominent leader of Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiyya clearly demonstrated that we have received, based-on-leaks information that the army would get weakened from within only if people come out to support Morsi.
He also confessed that the aim of the sit-ins was mustering sprawling crowds of people that support Morsi so the army would get divided up; this is what we only thought of for survival, he added.
While the Rabaa sit-in actually disturbed the lives of any of the district residents, the Brotherhood and their supporters did not seem to give a rat’s tail about it, with prominent salafist preacher Yasser el-Borhami’s confessing that “the sit-in was actually an attempt to impose a new reality, even on Rabaa residents.”
The sit-inners used to remove the tiles of the pavements to forge barricades to block the roads surrounding the sit-in.
The leader of Salafi ‘Al-Nour’ Party Younes Makhyoun said that the Brotherhood leaders are the direct cause of their youth’s bloodshed, saying that while they inciting them to come out, they are fleeing abroad and “pretended all the heroism.”