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(en) Media, Egypt, The emergence of Black Blocs engulfed Tahrir Square (fr) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:20:53 +0200


Members of the Black Blocs parade with Egyptian flag during clashes with police near Tahrir Square in Cairo Monday. http://www.lefigaro.fr/medias/2013/01/29/5a8b1c30-6a3e-11e2-96f3-73b5eeff1ffc-493x328.jpg ---- Hostile to the Islamists, they see the violence as a political weapon. ---- He swapped his green beret to Che Guevara against a black uniform. Aside from her voice, hoarse and metallic, Mohammed al-Masri is unrecognizable. Leaning to one of the railings in Tahrir Square, "his" second home, the young rebellious pauses between "operations". Masked, his cronies glean some precautions before dashing headlong towards the Corniche, their new battleground against the forces of order. At age 21, Mohammed "the Egyptian" - that is the meaning of his pseudonym - is one of the leaders of the Black Blocs. These revolutionaries of the year III, straight inspired anarchist movements in Europe, set fire the night before, a police vehicle.

A new "weapons that" in addition to rampage, this weekend, the office of the website of the Muslim Brotherhood and the attack of the antenna Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Brotherhood, in the city of Ismailia - which illustrates the lawlessness rampant fleet today in Cairo.


Radicalization of the street
"We were against violence. But today, that's all we have left! "To justify it, the nerves. A few minutes ago, he learned that the Attorney General has ordered the arrest of anyone suspected of belonging to the group. However, for this former tourist agent unemployment, the radicalization of the street is not free. Not since the beginning of December to understand. "We fought against Mubarak and against the military. Then Morsi was elected. But instead of saving the revolution, he was granted excessive powers. Worse, when we went to show our displeasure at the presidential palace, we shot. Result: ten dead and hundreds injured, "he rages.

Soon, a network then organized on Twitter and Facebook. Messages calling for anti-Morsi refuse to denounce Islamists and a political system that abuses the religion. Last Thursday, on the eve of the anniversary of 25 January, the Egyptian Black Blocs eventually emerge from the shadows: a video posted on Youtube posting, images of a cloud of black men to support their formal training .

With the slogan "confrontation against the fascist regime of the Muslim Brotherhood," accompanied by a warning to the police. Since then, the rebels are a new kind of all gatherings of all fights. As as protesters in Port Said and Cairo are shot, young black hooded join the ranks of protesters. Between rebellion and fad, this movement headless brings in its wake a variety of heterogeneous ex-revolutionaries, disaffected youth, the ultras of football, hooligans, but also women. "Before, we could distinguish the different actors in the dispute. Today, the tracks are blurred. Impossible to understand who is who, who does what. It borders on chaos, "says political scientist Emad Shahin. And if the Black Power Egypt already have over 20,000 fans on their page Facebook , they are also difficult to quantify and define.

Followers of the conspiracy theory, the Muslim Brothers accuse them of being endorsed by the Liberal opposition. In contrast, many activists are keen to dissociate. As the blogger Mahmoud Salem, aka Sandmonkey who accuses them of "delegitimizing the image of revolution, to peaceful purposes." Of all these criticisms, Sherif al-Sharafi has nothing to do. "The Front national salvation (the main opposition political coalition, Ed) is a band of incompetents. They failed to defend the revolution. The upcoming parliamentary elections, we do not believe it. We do not recognize in any politician. We called the "lost generation", we are treated to "thugs." But what is important is to save the honor of the martyrs, "suggests that student who claims to be a co-founder of the Black Blocs.

Sign of disobedience displayed in relation to power, a large "black parade" is scheduled on Wednesday in the Egyptian capital. The Black Blocs also evoke a mysterious operation "Gaber", announced Friday. "I can not tell you more. It's top secret. But I can guarantee you that it will be hot, "warns Sherif.
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