Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Leader Visits Brooklyn; Protestor Arrested


U.S. media is reporting on a protest in Brooklyn that took place during a visit by Eyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader and Presidential advisor Essam El-Erian. According to a New York Ties report:

Video of an Egyptian-American protester being arrested in Brooklyn on Saturday after disrupting a talk by a leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. The tension that has gripped Egypt in recent weeks over a draft constitution written by Islamists briefly erupted on a New York street on Saturday night, with the arrest of a protester who disrupted a discussion of the document by Essam El-Erian, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Mr. Erian, who is also the vice president of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, told a standing-room-only crowd at the private Noor Islamic School in Brooklyn that the draft constitution would weaken the traditionally autocratic Egyptian presidency and strengthen Parliament. During the discussion, Mr. Erian reassured Egyptian expatriates, who can vote on the draft in a referendum on Wednesday, that ‘it is not true when people say it is like the Koran and cannot be changed.’”

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