Cairo’s streets have been swept by a campaign showing disapproval of the Muslim Brotherhood through honking automobile horns.
The campaign initially started two weeks ago when Omar, a 16 year old student, held up a sign in Nasr City with the slogan “If you hate the Muslim Brotherhood, honk your horn”. The response was much larger than he expected.
Ahmed Taha, 24, the admin of the Facebook page “Your ID, Egyptian”, said: “Our group did not intend to display the sign Omar held. It started as a joke, but then we told Omar to hold it. The response was baffling.”
Taha’s group on Facebook was originally not political. The group draws graffiti, paints pavements and spreads awareness through drawing caricatures. “During the transitional period under the Supreme Council of Armed Forces we used to paint walls and do positive things. However, after the election of President Morsi we started to show our disapproval of the Muslim Brotherhood through our drawings,” said Taha.
The campaign was replicated in several neighbourhoods and major streets in Cairo. A recent “honk your horn” movement took place at Maspero and caught the attention of many media outlets. Other places in Cairo such as Talaat Harb Square, Al-Haram Street and the Moqattam neighbourhood, where the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood is located, had similar movements.
The campaign has been seen in other cities, including Alexandria, Zagazig, Ismailia, Hurghada, Assiut, and Mansoura.