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Sweet revenge: Egypt blocks website after ridicule of army's Eid biscuits


Egypt blocked access to an online magazine on Monday after it dared to criticise army-made Eid biscuits in what it said was a "comedy video".

The three-minute video by the Alscene website featured six food tasters sampling "kahk" sweets made at well-known Egyptian patisseries.

The army's efforts did not meet their approval.

"I can feel my skin crawl,” said one guy in the video, as he held a box of Eid sweets made by Tibarose, a company owned by the Egyptian air defence forces.

"Thank you to the Egyptian military for wasting its time making kahk,” he then added.

Another food taster asked: “Do I need to say something nice?” before he tried one of the biscuits. “I’ve never tasted better kahk in my life. Thank you to the Egyptian army.”

A third added: “Yum, bravo Sisi, long live Egypt and the Egyptian army.”

Reports in Egypt said those featured in the video had been questioned by the security services at the Madinet Nasr police station, north-east Cairo.

Those reports were not confirmed by the Egyptian government.

However, their website appeared to suffer the same fate as 21 others recently banned in Egypt, including that of Al Jazeera, which were accused of "supporting terrorism".
Public controversy

The video sparked huge controversy across Egypt with the Arabic hashtag army's_kahk going viral.

Many observers joined the group of food tasters in ridiculing the army for spending its resources an time on making Eid sweets.

The price of a box of Eid sweets shot up recently with some costing as much as 700 LE, more than twice the average day's pay.

Alscene said on Facebook that it was surprised by the negative comments for what was a "comedy video".

"We were shocked by the attacks and insults we received, being called traitors and agents, when in fact we were only trying to have some fun," said the statement.

"Since we found that the video upset so many people, we decided to delete, but no one has been arrested," added the statement.


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Muslim Global: Sweet revenge: Egypt blocks website after ridicule of army's Eid biscuits
Sweet revenge: Egypt blocks website after ridicule of army's Eid biscuits
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