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“The whole world turned its back against Egypt”

“The whole world turned its back against Egypt”
 

By Christos T. Panagopoulos

Turkish Nobel laureate author, Orhan Pamuk, criticized heavily on the Western countries stance to Egypt, noting that “they betrayed their own values” letting General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stage a military coup in order to overthrow from power former President, Mohamed Morsi.

In an interview he made for the German daily, “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, Pamuk juxtaposed the Egyptian army’s coup with Gabriel García Márquez's famous novel, “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”. “He [al-Sisi] annouced to the world that he would stage a coup two days before the army took control. The whole world, especially the West, turned its head and did not want to hear anything”, he said.

Moreover, the Nobel laureate author insisted that while the Egyptian army was killing its own people, “both the U.S. government and the EU, behaved like they had no responsibilities in Egypt”. “Western values that have ideals such as democracy and human rights either exist or they are surrendered to political or economic calculations”, the Nobel laureate said, highlighting that important political bodies of the Western world were unable to describe the situation as a “coup” even after two days.

Marquez’s 1981 novel recounts the murder of a man in Columbia, and particularly focuses on its onlooking characters’ feeling of guilt over the incident.

Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung

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