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Cartoonists comment on military council attempts to defame protesters

Carlos Latuff and Ahmad Nady draw caricatures to lampoon the most recent attacks by SCAF on protesters

Ahram Online, Monday 25 Jul 2011
Carlos Latuff
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After accusations leveled against protesters by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in the past couple of days, cartoonists responded with vehement criticism of the ruling military council.

On Friday night, the army released Communique No 69, stating that the 6 April Movement is trying to create strife between the people and the army.

On Saturday, commander of the Central Military Zone and SCAF member General Hassan El-Roweini called in on Al-Jazeera Mubasher and accused the 6 April Movement of being trained in Serbia and of having an ulterior agenda to ruin the country.

The Brazilian artist Carlos Latuff, who has been drawing caricatures from the early days of the revolution and has become well-known to Egyptians on Twitter and Facebook, made a cartoon depicting a SCAF member holding a pendulum and hypnotising an Egyptian family saying: “Protesters are traitors. Protesters are traitors.”

The Egyptian caricaturist Ahmed Nady also made two caricatures. The first satirised El-Roweini’s statement that condemned the demand of cleansing the judicial council, while also referring to virginity tests forced on women in military prisons.

The other, criticised the charge that the 6 April Movement trained in Serbia, depicting a woman holding a coffee cup (a feature of fortunetelling) and wearing a badge marked “Intelligence”.

The woman is telling a SCAF member that she got her information from the son of the cybercafé owner, who says they received funds in American dinars that they have a Serbian monster on them. He concludes that they are named 6 April because that is the date when Serbians get their salaries, and asks: “What else does the coffee cup say?” 

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