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How the Muslim Brotherhood took advantage of Cairo’s train station accident?

Sunday 03/March/2019 - 01:12 PM

Less than an hour after a blaze broke out due to a train crash in Cairo's Ramses Railway Station on Wednesday, the Muslim Brotherhood took advantage of the accident to create and share anti-government posts on social media websites, even before the number of victims were announced.

The terrorist group launched an online campaign to accuse the government of “dereliction”, while exploiting the anger of Egyptians over the station victims, however, this campaign quickly turned political, targeting the Egyptian President directly, for being responsible for the whole situation.

Some posts included a video that was cut from one of the conferences attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, while speaking about upgrading rail transport in Egypt.

These posts and tweets spread extensively, while the Muslim Brotherhood focused on the emotional part by including some expressions like, “Imagine if you were one of the victims!”, “Imagine if it was your son!”, “How many people use rail transport?”, “This will happen again!”, “You are next!”, to make citizens feel a personal threat, and thus, infuriating them.

Muslim Brotherhood operatives and activists used the hashtag “Rest assure, you are not alone”, which is the name of a campaign launched by opposition media presenter Moataz Matar from out of Egypt more than 30 hours before the accident.

The Muslim Brotherhood campaign also kept on defaming the process and procedures of saving the victims, while citizens rushed to hospitals to donate blood for the victims, as they claimed that these blood bags would be sold.

Twenty-two people were announced killed and at least 40 others injured when a train locomotive collided into the buffer stop at platform number six, causing a huge explosion.

The terrorist group also started claiming that this accident took place in retaliation for the nine convicts that were sentenced to death for the murder of Egypt’s then-top prosecutor Hisham Barakat. Moreover, they did not mention any official government steps after the accident or how whoever caused it would be brought to justice.

Prosecutor-general Nabil Sadeq ordered on Friday the arrest of the driver of the deadly locomotive and five others, including the driver of the other train, for four days pending investigation.

Hours after the accident, Egypt’s Minister of Transport Hisham Arafat submitted his resignation to the Prime Minister, after nearly two year in office.