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Presidential contender Abu-Ismail given hero's reception at Cairo University
During his speech, Abu-Ismail warned that some presidential candidates are promoting malicious western ideologies; students risked lives to enter hall to listen to the popular Salafist preacher
Sherif Tarek, Wednesday 28 Mar 2012
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Several students risked their lives by climbing the external walls of the Aiouty hall, where Abu-Ismail gave his speech, to reach the 15-20 foot high windows, from which some indeed got inside (Photo: Sherif Tarek)

Prominent presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail was given a hero's reception by several thousand students, as he paid a visit to the Cairo University midway through Tuesday to deliver a speech as part of his electoral campaign.

Several hundred students rallied by the main gate of the Cairo University to form human corridor large enough for cars to pass, with many holding photos of different sizes of Abu-Ismail, on which several slogans hailing him as the coming president were emblazoned.

The campus was also bustling with his supporters, some of whom were wearing unified shirts proclaiming their allegiance.

By the three doors of the Aiouty hall, one of the university's largest where the conference was held, hundreds more were massing while waiting for the arrival of the Islamist candidate. Others were trying to enter the hall but to no avail, as it was already packed.

Abu-Ismail appeared to have entered the campus from a side door in order to avoid the excited crowd and possible stampedes at the main gate. Physically protected by his campaigners, however, the renowned Islamic preacher was escorted by hundreds of students as soon as he materialised.

There were, overall, several thousands of his cohorts outside and inside the hall by the time he arrived. They were enthusiastically chanting "the people want Hazem Abu-Ismail [for the presidency]," among other slogans.

It took Abu-Ismail and his entourage a few minutes to make their way through the crowd and enter the hall that was already crammed. Hundreds of students were occasionally banging on the doors that were frequently opened by organisers for some to come out and others to get in in extreme jostles.

More resolute students even risked their lives by climbing the external walls of the faculty of commerce's hall to reach the 15-20 foot high windows, from which some indeed got inside.

During the speech, Abu-Ismail tackled a few issues.

The 51-year-old warned of the influence of western countries, specifically the US and Israel, saying that through their ideologies they want the new regime in Egypt to resemble the toppled one of deposed president Hosni Mubarak.

He also implied that some of these countries back some presidential candidates, whom he did not name, saying, "for this reason, you should not accept all the shiny talk of the presidential candidates."

He went on, "the students are the hope of this nation; you need to guard your own future and you also need to protect the forthcoming presidential elections [from possible orchestration] because it will decide the fate of the country."

"Whether you vote for me or someone else, you must promise yourself to never again be driven like sheep."

Abu-Ismail is to start a nationwide tour on Wednesday in Mansoura University in the Nile Delta valley.





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Mohamed
28-03-2012 11:31pm
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Downfall
This man will bring Egypt to its lowest point. He's views will shut down the tourism industry, which brings in 40 percent of our income. All the foreign investors and companies will be driven away and Egypt will never be an economically stable country under this man. We need a leader that is politically ready to lead our nation to great economic wealth, healthy international relations, and of course turn Egypt into a well functioning democratic state. Abu Ismail's views will turn Egypt to the opposite directions. A call for all Liberals in Egypt to stand up and save our nation from this man.
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Tamer
28-03-2012 07:59pm
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Lessons of Democratie
The egyptian people will very soon learn that in a democracy, the people are responsible for their choices. No longer can we blame someone else. If we choose this man as our president, we should blame ourselves when the civil war starts, when foreign investment dries up, when all the free-minded and educated Egyptian leave and take their money with them, when NGOs and foreign governments stop giving aid because it's too dangerous to have their people live here, when the people starve.... God is great! But God will not protect us from the disaster that will be caused by those posing as his subjects.
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Abdullah
28-03-2012 10:40am
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Good time of Egypt to Come
I can see the good time is coming to Egypt. Sheikh Hazem is a wonderful man whose expressions and insights are really worth for being a key figure of the country. His background, ability to deal with multiple ideologies are really praiseworthy. He has good stands on the critical issues of the country, about Islam, about the foreign policies. I hope Shaikh Hazem Abu Ismail will be a savior of post regime era of Egypt.
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medo
28-03-2012 10:29am
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wow
i am shocked and surprised that people are so taken in by "The Pepsi Man!!"
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azza sedky
28-03-2012 01:19am
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A grim moment in the history of egypt
It is indeed a grim moment in the history of Egypt when people are so blind and ignorant that they can't see through Hazim Abou Ismail. He will most definitely be the cause of Egypt's downfall. The only thing I can say to the liberals is that they must unite and consolidate their forces against Ismail by voting for ONE candidate even if they don't prefer that candidate, they must vote strategically so that they can avoid spreading their votes thin. ONE candidate only--that's the way to go. http://azzasedky.typepad.com/egypt/2012/03/egypt-the-democratic-disillusion.html
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George
28-03-2012 06:40pm
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hats off to Abu Ismael
The liberals and leftists would rather vote for Satan rather than an Isloamist Candidat. Hence, it is the duty of every Muslim in Egypt to vote for the man who represents Islam and is honest and has an Islam-based agenda. We Egyptians are fed up with regimes that are answerable to Washinton, or London or Moscow and Israel. We want to see a president who is answerable annd responsible to the masses.
George
28-03-2012 06:40pm
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hats off to Abu Ismael
The liberals and leftists would rather vote for Satan rather than an Isloamist Candidat. Hence, it is the duty of every Muslim in Egypt to vote for the man who represents Islam and is honest and has an Islam-based agenda. We Egyptians are fed up with regimes that are answerable to Washinton, or London or Moscow and Israel. We want to see a president who is answerable annd responsible to the masses.

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