Kerry blames Muslim Brotherhood for ‘stealing’ Egypt revolution
Washington – Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood of having ‘stolen’ the revolution that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
Speaking at the State Department to leaders of multinational U.S. firms, Kerry said the Islamist group had appropriated the revolt against Mubarak from young people.
Those kids started it in large part through social media in response to what they saw of other mass protests around the Arab world.
According to Fox News, he said the people in Tahrir Square were not motivated by any religion or ideology, but were motivated by what they saw through this interconnected world.
They tweeted their ways and FaceTimed their ways and talked to each other, and that’s what drove that revolution.
Then it got stolen by the one single-most organized entity in the state, which was the Brotherhood, Kerry added
Kerry’s comments are likely to invite objections in Egypt where competing claims of credit for Mubarak’s ouster are still a source of major division, the report said.
Mubarak’s ouster led to Egypt’s first-ever democratically chosen president, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The military toppled Morsi in July claiming that he and Muslim Brotherhood allies were not governing democratically, the report added.