Egypt: thousands protest in Tahrir Sq to call for Sharia law

Salafis want it to be basis of Constitution

09 November, 16:08

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, NOVEMBER 9 - Thousands of protesters gathered Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square calling for the introduction of Sharia law in Egypt. Groups of Salafis asked for it to be the principle source of legislation in the country's constitution.

    Protesters, including many men with long beards and women in veils, are collecting signatures for a petition in which they ask for the Sharia to become ''the basis of all laws''.

    ''Those who accept a constitution that renounces the Sharia will be considered a traitor of God and the prophet,'' said a preacher from a stage set up in the large square, a symbol of the revolution that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak. ''Liberals and seculars are plotting against Islam to delete the Islamic identity of the country. They are only merchants of power, we can compare them to Satan and we must resist them and the Western plots'', said Mohamed el Sagher. ''Islam is not a chocolate bar with a sell-by date. It should always be applied and we will return to the principles of our forefathers,'' he added. (ANSAmed)
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