An English-speaking spokesman for Egypt’s embattled preeminent Islamist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested Tuesday amid an ongoing crackdown on the Brotherhood and its political affiliates.
Gehad Haddad, the son of an adviser to former President Mohamed Morsi, has been to some extent the face of the party to the English-speaking world, garnering on Twitter a following of 72,500 people (Arabic and English-speakers) and routinely appearing on international news channels.
The immediate response on Twitter is testimony to Gehad Haddad’s influence—respected by some, spurned by others—in the deeply divided country. We’ve compiled some of those tweets for a taste of the response:
Matt Bradley (@MattMcBradley) September 17, 2013
@ddknyt And developed into the biggest liar in history. I think you forgot to mention this about his bio.—
Jonathan Moremi (@jonamorem) September 17, 2013
Anti-Coup Alliance (@EgyAntiCoup) September 17, 2013
While we 100% disagree on everything, @gelhaddad is probably one of the best spokespersons for a political group in Egypt ever.—
Ramy Yaacoub (@RamyYaacoub) September 17, 2013
Unless @gelhaddad was running guns to/from Sinai or doing anything other than just infuriating people on twitter, his arrest is a dumb move.—
Tarek Masoud (@masoudtarek) September 17, 2013
While @gelhaddad's arrest will get most attention, arrest of Guid Off ldr Abuzeid, who oversaw MB youth activities, much more important.—
Eric Trager تراجر (@EricTrager18) September 17, 2013