Samah Anwar publicly apologizes for wanting to burn protesters
Egyptian actress Samah Anwar has publicly apologized to all the protesters of Egypt’s January 25 Revolution that overthrew the government of former President Husni Mubarak for the uncalled comments she made and stated that she respects them and what they stood for. She added that the protesters were able to succeed in making their voices heard and reveal the faces of corruption that were taking over Egypt.
Samah stated that her statement of wanting to burn the protesters was misunderstood and what she called for is to burn the people who were destroying the country by acts of looting and committing crimes. She added that she never meant for her statements to be about the protests stressing that she was misinformed by the media about the actual facts of the revolution.
During an interview with the news channel ‘Al Arabia’, Samah said that the protesters have a right to say what they want about me, but she never meant for her statements to include them and she publicly apologizes to them and hopes that they forgive her. She added that like all Egyptians that did not go out in the streets and remained home, she was mislead by the propaganda on the Egyptian television channel that was pro-Mubarak and portrayed the wrong image of the protesters and their causes.
Samah revealed that she has posted a video on the internet website YouTube explaining her position and the intention of the remarks she had made. She added that at the time what had caused her to say such remarks was the fact that her son was ill and she could not get medical help to treat him.
In the midst of the revolution that took place in Egypt, Samah was outraged by protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to the point that she has called on officials to “burn them to the ground because they are destroying Egypt.”
She said in a public statement that if the situation required authorities to use fighter planes and nuclear bombs against them, then no time should be wasted in order to save Egypt”.
The comments made by Samah provoked harsh attacks against her on the social networking internet website Facebook. People posted comments describing her calls to burn the citizens of her own country as simply brutal and inhumane, and should make people rethink the roles stars play in their lives.