Here comes Islam folks, up front and ugly like. KGS
Islamists force Egypt’s liberals to regroup
Hindu News: No to secularism
“Islamic law above the constitution,” blared many of the banners. Many chanted “Islamic Islamic”, seemingly prefacing another slogan: “Not Western or Eastern. No liberal or secular.” The show of strength by Islamists in Cairo was repeated in other Egyptian cities. Thousands of Salafists and other Islamists congregated at a prominent square in Alexandria. Huge numbers also rallied in Suez thronging the city’s January 25 square.
Friday’s rallies showed that Egypt’s political and societal divisions were too deep to be papered over. These demonstrations were held despite a desperate appeal by the liberals that the protests should target the military for not fulfilling its promises and focus on common demands. However, neither did the Islamists target the military nor did they stick to the common points. As it became clear during Friday prayers that the Islamists would call for the enactment of Sharia law and theocracy, the liberal activists withdrew from the rally.