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Banner supporting Bassem Youssef and insulting Egypt’s top prosecutor hung on AUC bookstore

Posted on 02. Apr, 2013 by and in News

Bassem-Youssef-Banner-Solidarity-AUC-Plaza-Shaheer-Shaheen A banner that shows support to Bassem Youssef, host of satire program who had an arrest order issued for then released on bail, was put up over AUC book store, in the Plaza area earlier this morning.

The banner, carrying the SU logo, attacks Egypt’s top prosecutor calling him an ‘unlawful son’ and demands freedom for all the detainees. It reads: “How much have you sold us to the Guidance Office [of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood] for?”

We spoke to officials from the OSD who stated that they contacted the SU president because “it is his responsibility to take the banner down,” stressing that he did not take permission to put it up in the first place.

SU president Taher El-Moataz-Bellah told The Insider that the text used on the banner is a verse from a popular song made to criticise the military council after the revolution, believing that the state of the country nowadays very much resembles the situation back then.

“It is a message to him that he cannot be biased in such an obscene way to the ruling party,” he said, stressing that the SU does not support the return of Abd ElMeguid Mahmood (the former Prosecutor General) to office.

“Bassem Youssef and his show are not the most dangerous in Egypt, and if you are suing him for insulting president Morsi, this would be a much bigger insult to the presidency.”

We asked him whether the SU will take the banner down if University officials demand so, he replied: “No, not until the end of the week when everyone sees it and we fulfill our purpose with it.”

Taher assured that they aim at showing the students what is happening “outside the bubble of AUC” by making them aware of the treatment opposition in Egypt gets. “If this is happening to the famous show host, then what is happening to the people in the streets and in detention camps,” he concluded.

The Insider also spoke to Mostafa Shams, SU Chair of Services, who referred to the movie “V for Vendetta” saying that they are using the same idea of taking advantage of a famous symbol in order to unify and mobilise people.

“It is a message to the top prosecutor who sold himself to the Brotherhood. If the administration takes the banner down, we will put another one, nothing is easier.”