CAIRO: Shahid King Bolsen, an American based in Istanbul, is a unique and unlikely pundit in ongoing Egyptian and Turkish tension; through his Twitter and Youtube accounts, he has cheered on and seemed to incite further attacks against businesses, especially foreign and American-owned ones, in Egypt.
“Increasing the cost of supporting tyranny. Perhaps they will reassess their investment choices, and remove Sisi from their porfuolio [sic],” Bolson wrote in a Feb. 13 post with an image of a bus that had been fire-bombed in the Egyptian city of Desouk.
Bolsen, who has more than 56,000 followers on Facebook at the time of writing, posts in both Arabic and English, with a particular focus on Egypt’s upcoming economic development conference as well as companies considering investing in Egypt.
On Feb. 5, 18-yr old Poula Mansour, who was working at a KFC in Menoufia, north to Cairo, was burnt to death after unknown assailants set fire to the restaurant. Bolson posted on his page about the attacks, and called for further violence.
Mansour was on the second floor of the restaurant when the fire broke out and he was unable to escape, his father told Mehwar TV Channel in a phone call.
“There is a desperation to express anger and hit back at the current regime that is captured by one of the slogans he has popularized — ‘Your business, our blood’ — and it is symptomatic of the level of desperation that this almost absurd figure is able to seize on that opportunity,” Mokhtar Awad, a researcher at the Center for American Progress who is preparing a study of Bolsen told the New York Times.
Bolson was convicted in 2010 for the murder of German businessman Martin Herbert Steiner, when both were living in the United Arab Emirates, the New York Times and Foreign Policy reported. Bolson apparently posed as an Ethiopian maid online to lure Steiner with promises of a sexual encounter. Bolson claimed he tried to persuade Steiner to give up a “sinful” lifestyle. He served a partial sentence and was deported in 2013.