Egypt has passed a law that could sentence anyone who posts this symbol on their Facebook page to five years in prison, according to Arabcrunch and Sharouk News.
Egyptian athletes expected to compete in the Olympics are also banned from flashing the four-fingered symbol, according to the country’s sports minister.
The “Rabia” or “R4bia” symbol is a reference to the deaths of Muslim protestors in Rabia al-Adawiya Square. It is a symbol of support for the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Rabia means four or fourth in Arabic, and it sounds the same as the name of the mosque that became the center of pro-Muslim protests in 2012.
Following the revolution that deposed former dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the Muslim Brotherhood won a national election in 2012. However, incoming president Mohamed Morsi abrogated so much power to himself that the Egyptian military staged a coup in the summer of 2013. Since then, the Muslim Brotherhood has been banned in the country even though it won the last democratic vote there.
According to a Google translated versions of Sharouk News, Egyptian police recently posted a warning on Facebook that anyone who posts the R4bia sign will be regarded as a terrorist who supports the Brotherhood, and could be subjected to five years in prison.
via Egypt Ban On R4Bea Rabea Signs In Facebook – Business Insider.
My area of New Cairo is quite famous. It turns out that former president Morsi lived 8 villas down from my current apartment. He also attended the mosque that is across the street from the school residence where I live. This makes home easy to find – taxi drivers are familiar with the area. It also makes the mosque a busy place, especially on Fridays.
Our normally empty street is flooded with cars on Fridays.
Last Friday my coworker Kelly F and I were hoping to get some back-to-school shopping done and made the mistake of trying to hail a cab at noon on a Friday. We stood in the hot sun for more than half an hour before deciding to walk down the block to try our luck somewhere else. On our way we encountered some funny signs stuck to cars:
The sign on the car window reads: “Stop Following Me Your Sister Not With Me”
This bumper sticker reads: “Breast Inspection 20 Feet Ahead. (Please Have ‘Em Out)
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