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Belly dancer Safinaz summoned for 'insulting' Egyptian flag with outfit

Popular dancer called in by prosecutors for allegedly defaming Egypt with a red, white and black costume she wore to a party in Ain Sokhna last week

Ahram Online, Sunday 3 Aug 2014
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Circulated photo on Social Media Networks shows Armenian belly dancer Safinaz wearing a dancing suit with the Egyptian flag print
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The well-known Armenian belly dancer Safinaz has been summoned by Egyptian prosecutors over a report alleging she insulted Egypt and its people by wearing a dancing costume fashioned after the Egyptian flag.

The report, filed by angry citizens, said that Safinaz wore the flag-inspired costume to a party in the Red Sea resort of Ain Sokhna last week and accused her of defaming the Egyptian people and state.

Prosecutors summoned both Safinaz and the party organisers on Sunday for questioning over the allegations.

Egypt's former interim president Adly Mansour issued a law in early June imposing a jail term of up to one year and a fine with a maximum penalty of LE30,000 ($4,000) for anyone who insults the flag.

Some forms of insulting the flag, as stipulated by the law, include raising, displaying or trading a flag if it is damaged, faded or not suitable in any other way. It is also prohibited to add any slogans, designs or pictures to the flag.

Safinaz has been an immediate success since her arrival in Egypt over two years ago, with appearances in several Egyptian movies as well as paid performances at prestigious weddings. 

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Pharaoh
03-09-2014 09:28pm
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democracy
This exemplifies the difference between democracy and liberalism. Egypt does not want liberalism, it wants democracy. Liberalism, a western ideology, is really not welcome in Egypt. Democracy in the greek sense is acceptable for Egyptians. Liberalism is not.
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Nagi Abdelhamid
03-08-2014 09:32pm
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Safinaz
It is very common for the artists in all the democratic countries to wear their country flag as costume, that is not insult, the artists are proud of their country. The Egyptian authorities should concentrate on helping Egypt move forward and improving the economy, and not wasting time on pathetic matters. Egyptians authorities ignorant of democracy, some of them are still living in the slavery ages. Let the people express their opinion with out any violence or breaking the law. Also some authority members believe in theirselves that they are a god or messengers send by god, Egyptians people need some space and freedom and the state should not behalf like a nanny state. Let this woman free, she done nothing wrong, the expressed her love and loyalty to Egypt. God bless Egypt and all the Egyptians.
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Michelle
10-08-2014 07:07am
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She isn't Egyptian
Safinaz isn't Egyptian. She is Armenian. She is the first non-egyptian belly dancer to become famous. The problem is that belly dancers are looked at as "ladies of the night" there but not all do that either but it's hard to shake a stigma like that there. That is why they were upset. I as a raks sharki dancer don't have any desire to wear a country's flag period.
Egyptian Citizen
07-08-2014 10:58am
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what is the realtion between democarcy and costume !!!
From your point of view this is the democarcy, this is entirely bullshit, I can imagine that we reached the day to think like this.
Eugenia
05-08-2014 02:53pm
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Well said
Awesome reply!!!!
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