Is the Brotherhood hijacking the Egyptian revolution? Their PR machine swings into action

Published September 20th, 2012 - 12:32 GMT
Cairo's new graffiti - attacking the Muslim Brotherhood
Cairo's new graffiti - attacking the Muslim Brotherhood

The Egyptian revolution was a creative one: from the songs of Tahrir to the graffiti around the American university, revolutionaries found a way to express themselves.

Although the people of Tahrir Square were united in bringing down then president, Hosni Mubarak, most would say their political views varied wildly. So when Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohamed Morsi, won the presidential election, many Egyptians remained unconvinced.

Now, in an effort to claim the revolution as their own, the Muslim Brotherhood are leading the artistic charge to re-work history in their favor. Yesterday they decided to paint over the revolutionary graffiti in Mohamad Mahmoud Street in the capital. 

It took all of a few hours for the counter-revolt to begin: the same artists re-made their mark and they were none too pleased that their work had been destroyed in the first place.

“Just erase more [I dare you] you cowardly regime,” read one sign. 

Another painted an unflattering picture of a man, seemingly from the Brotherhood, with long green tongue and lizard-like features.

Now a trailer has appeared for ‘Muslim Brotherhood and the Revolution’ on YouTube: a documentary about the Brotherhood’s role in the ousting of the president and the fall of the regime. Pitched as a realistic take on the events of January 2011, Egyptians are already criticizing the director for whitewashing history. 

According to the movie’s Facebook page, the producers are young members of the Ikhwan, although the director claims he is not a Brotherhood member.

It’s a bold move to take on the creativity of the revolutionaries head-on but the Brotherhood is serious about their image campaign and in the end, history is written by the victors. 


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