The situation in Egypt appears to be getting more absurd by the day. Last week, the country’s interim, military-selected government passed a law making it illegal to insult the country’s anthem or flag. Doing so’s punishable by a six-month prison sentence.
The move followed reports that ultra-conservative Salafis were refusing to stand for the anthem for religious reasons. It’s probably worth pointing out that the Salafist al-Nour Party supported the deposed Muslim Brotherhood-led government.
It’s slightly unclear what use the law is unless police start turning up outside mosques and playing the anthem, but I’m guessing the military’s pleased!
Incidentally, Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t stand for national anthems either. There are 1,500 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Egypt. WATCH OUT GUYS!