CAIRO: A journalist has verbally attacked Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, calling him a “Nazi,” following a press conference with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin Wednesday.
The journalist wanted to ask a question when Merkel told her to wait to be called on, Bloomberg Business reported Wednesday.
“She is still an Egyptian girl, even if we disagree with her. During the conference, I wanted to speak with her and correct the misconception,” Sisi said at a meeting with Egyptian expats in Berlin Thursday.
The journalist chanted “down with military rule” before she started screaming saying “He is a Nazi, He is a fascist.”
Several Egyptian reporters and TV presenters, who were present during the conference, have chanted “long live Egypt” in response to the reporter’s “offensive comments.”
“If Morsi continued to rule, the harm would have impacted on Egypt and also on the leaders that she believes in,” Sisi said, adding that “not only Egypt but the whole [Middle East] area would have been badly affected by the Muslim Brotherhood rule.”
During the conference, Merkel argued with Sisi about the mass death sentence imposed by a court last month on Egypt’s former president, Mohamed Morsi. Sisi responded saying that it was just a preliminary step and it was a matter for the Egyptian judiciary, according to Bloomberg.
Morsi was toppled by former army chief and now president Sisi in July 2013 after mass protests demanding Morsi’s resignation after a year in office.
On May 16, Morsi and 105 Muslim Brotherhood defendants were sentenced to death by North Cairo Criminal Court over escaping from jail in 2011; a case publicly known as the “Wadi al-Natroun Prison Break.”
On May 17, Amnesty International released a statement describing the trials as “nothing but a charade cased on null and void procedures.”
Several human rights organizations, the United Nations, U.S., Turkey, Tunisia, and Germany governments have expressed their deep concern over the mass death sentences