Salafists move in
No good. Bad. Islamists are having success in Egypt.
It is already clear that the liberal-minded parties that have been the focus of
much Western media attention are not doing well as the competition hots up…
When a protest was called in Tahrir Square late last week, it was known the
Islamists would dominate it. But the numbers brought in by the Salafists far
exceeded even those the Muslim Brotherhood could muster.
The Salafists favour an Islamic state, with Sharia law, as soon as possible,
whereas the Brotherhood has emphasised the separation of state and religion – at least for the time being.
Hundreds of thousands of Salafists came to the square – many waving the flag of Al Nour or “The Light”, the party they have established to contest the
One Westernised Cairo woman who was shocked by this show of strength said to me “I think I will have to leave Egypt”.