EGYPT – Islamist ‘Morality Police’ to train volunteers in using electric batons [TASERS] (2012-01-12)

Published on January 12 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a highly disturbing report “Al Ahram”– long regarded as Agypt’s leading daily newspaper – in its English online edition reports that a controversial hardliner group in Egypt announces that it purchased 1000 tasers to help its cadre defend themselves as they ‘promote virtue’ and ‘combat vice’ on the country’s streets. (Note: these may not be TASER Inc. tasers, but a generic model.) The “Morality Police”, which models itself on a similar group in Saudi Arabia that monitors citizens social behaviour, added in its announcement that these electric shocks batons will help in self-defence against any possible attacks on volunteers, adding that volunteers would be instructed to use the tazers only in “extremely necessary” situations.]]

Ahram Online

The self-proclaimed Islamist “Morality Police” announced on its new official Facebook page that it has acquired 1,000 tazers to be distributed to volunteers who will promote “virtue” and combat “vice” in the Egyptian street.

The “Morality Police”, which models itself on a similar group in Saudi Arabia that monitors citizens social behaviour, added in its announcement that these electric shocks batons will help in self-defence against any possible attacks on volunteers, adding that volunteers would be instructed to use the tazers only in “extremely necessary” situations.

The Facebook page announced that the first field training session for volunteers will be on Thursday evening in El-Mandara neighbourhood in Alexandria.

Meanwhile, Suez Port authorities announced last week that they foiled an attempt to smuggle in 1,000 tazers while it was not clear who the shipment was intended to reach.

Islamist and organised Salafist forces such as the Nour Party have distanced themselves from the “Morality Police” group, which has so far only operated in cyberspace.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/1/64/31544/Egypt/Politics-/Islamist-Morality-Police-to-train-volunteers-in-us.aspx

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More on the morality police :

Morality police claim that millions of Egyptians approve of their work (2011-01-05)

A new moral policing committee has piqued the ire of the foremost religious authority in Egypt, Al-Ahzar

Ahram Online, Thursday 5 Jan 2012

The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice has brushed aside rejection from Al-Azhar, the highest religious authority in the Sunni world, and claimed that millions of Egyptians approve of the committee.

In a statement released by the group, the committee said that the fact that millions of Egyptians voted for the Salafist El-Nour Party proves that they endorse the concept borrowed from a similar group in Saudi Arabia.

The anonymous group had announced previously that it was formed to preserve the morals of Egyptians in accordance with Sharia law (Islamic jurisprudence). Its formation sent shockwaves through Egypt, with reports that the committee’s members were visiting barbers and clothes shops and lecturing the owners that their businesses are haram (sinful).

However, the Salafist El-Nour Party’s official Facebook page denied any relation to the new group which was launched on Facebook.

On Wednesday night, after an emergency meeting, Al-Azhar released a statement saying that for 1000 years they have been the only lawful authority on the Islamic religion in Egypt. Al-Azhar slammed the committee as illegitimate and overriding the legitimacy of Al-Azhar as a religious institution.

The committee shot back with an accusation that Al-Azhar was being unfair and that its allegations were “fabrications made up against a committee that millions of Egyptians consented to because of their desire to see the diligent work of their members as they establish the law of God.”

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/0/30950/Egypt/0/Morality-police-claim-that-millions-of-Egyptians-a.aspx

 

 

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