Friday, December 20, 2013

Egypt's Muslim Sisterhood takes lead in protests

If anyone thinks the Muslim Brotherhood is going to dry up and blow away because Mursi has been deposed, think again.  This is an organization that survived 60 years of almost total repression by the Egyptian government and was still able to be elected to office last year.  It has strong underground support by salafists and will continue to agitate to take over Egypt.  The Brotherhood now has many front organizations spread throughout the Western nations that practice stealth jihad while funneling money, aid and fighters to wage violent jihad.


Egypt's Muslim Sisterhood takes lead in protests

Associated Press


CAIRO (AP) — They tirelessly hold rallies, whether at night or under cold rain, chanting for the return of Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. They clash with police, hurling back fuming tear gas canisters and getting dragged by their veils and thrown behind bars. At protests in universities, they get into fistfights with rival female students.

Women supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have stepped into the front line of Islamist protests, one of the few branches of the organization not crushed by a heavy crackdown since Morsi's removal in a July 3 coup.

Former group members say it's an intentional survival tactic by the Brotherhood, aiming to keep its street pressure alive and betting that security forces are less likely to strike heavily against women — and that if they do, it will win public sympathy for the Islamists' cause.

It's a major change in role for the Muslim Sisterhood, as the women's branch is known. Like the Brotherhood's male cadres, its women are highly disciplined and undergo years of indoctrination instilling principles of obedience — often from childhood — but in the women's case, they have largely been trained to play a mostly backseat, family-centered part.

In daily protests the past months, they have proven determined and ferocious.

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