Jordanian, Egyptian and Syrian protesters express solidarity with Morsi

by Muath Freij | Jul 06, 2013

AMMAN — Around 300 Jordanian, Egyptian and Syrian activists gathered outside the Egyptian embassy in ‎Amman on Friday night to protest against the ouster of ‎Egypt’s Islamist president ‎Mohamed ‎Morsi.

Demonstrators carried Egyptian flags and portraits of Morsi, who was removed from power last week by the Egyptian army in response to popular protests that called for his ouster and accused him of hijacking the Egyptian revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

The activists shouted slogans against the Egyptian army leader, Gen. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, and members of the opposition who sided with his decision to remove Morsi and appoint an interim leader.

During the demonstration, protesters also performed the isha prayer.

Muath Abu Al Rub, one of the demonstrators, said he was there to express his support for Morsi.

“Some people claim that he [Morsi] did not achieve anything for the good of the country. On the contrary, he boosted the economy of Egypt,” the 21-year-old told The Jordan Times outside the Egyptian embassy.

He charged that some countries do not want to see Egypt under Islamic rule.

“These countries do not want the stability of Egypt. They want Arabs to be busy fighting each other so that we keep depending on them,” Abu Al Rub noted.

Maher Othman, an Egyptian who took part in Friday’s demonstration, said his compatriots should have given Morsi more time to prove himself.

“We waited for 30 years until Hosni Mubarak’s regime collapsed. We could have waited for four years to see what Morsi was planning to do,” Othman noted.

“The army did not take the right decision by giving Morsi only 48 hours to put an end to instability,” he said.

“They should have met with him and discussed all the details,” added Othman, who took part in demonstrations against Mubarak.

Another protester, Mohammad Shanabo, said Morsi was legitimately elected to be the president of Egypt, and everyone should have respected that.

“He was elected in fair elections.”

One woman, who refused to give her name, said Egyptians were calling for democracy and what happened was the exact opposite.

“A military coup simply does not represent democracy. Also, after the ouster of Morsi, many Muslim Brotherhood members were detained and some TV channels were closed down. Is that democracy?”

Source: The Jordan Times.


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