(Via MEMRI.org) Several Islamist and jihadi groups have called for a demonstration outside the French embassy in Cairo, in protest over France’s campaign against jihadis in Mali. The demonstration is slated to be held January 18, following Friday prayers. The groups, which include the General Islamic Movement (Al-tayyar al-islami al-‘am), a coalition of Islamist groups; the Hazem Abu Isma’il Ultras; and the Salafi-jihadi movement, have issued their calls via their Facebook pages, among other venues.
Indeed, the Hazem Abu Isma’il Ultras, a group of fanatical fans of the Salafi presidential candidate Hazem Abu Isma’il, issued an invitation to the demonstration on their Facebook page, specifying that is purpose was “to lift the siege from our brothers in Mali and stop the global crime committed against the Muslims there.” The demonstration is set to begin with a procession from a mosque in Giza nearby the French embassy.
The statement accompanying the invitation to the event on Facebook read: “My brothers, I bring to you the good news of the application of Islamic law in Mali, with the grace of Allah, by your brothers in northern Mali… This has infuriated the West, led by France and the U.S… (read more)