Egypt Rebels Stone Mohamed ElBaradei: We Don’t Want an American Agent

Today was the day to vote on Egypt’s constitutional amendments. The rebels are against the proposed changes. The Muslim Brotherhood and Iman Yusuf al-Qaradawi are for the changes. There is no vote for a new constitution and no vote for a new president. Yesterday I reported that Mohamed ElBaradei, the former IAEA Director, was also opposed to the changes. If that is true, and the report below confirms it, the rebels – the Egyptian freedom fighters – aren’t feeling warm and fuzzy about ElBaradei. They didn’t want him to enter the polling place and he didn’t. They threw stones, fairly big ones – this really was a rock fight – at him and at his car, as he sped away, fleeing his right as an Egyptian citizen to take part in the country’s referendum. Link to video below. See an update below.

Mohamed El-Baradei

ElBaradie tweets. Who knew?

“Went 2 vote w family attacked by organized thugs. Car smashed w rocks. Holding referendum in absence of law & order is an irresponsible act,” he wrote on Twitter.

So this report comes from Al-Arabiya. They say those aggitated by ElBaradei’s presence were “a crowd of youths.” And they chanted:

“We don’t want you, we don’t want you,”

“We don’t want an American agent,” said another.

Is the story true? Don’t know. It’s little like quoting something from the New York Times. You just don’t know.

Here’s a twist. Al-Arabiya says members of the crowd identified themselves as “Islamists.” Would the “freedom fighters” identify in that way? The Muslim Brotherhood says it was not them. They did not stone Mohamed ElBaradei.

There are many types of Islamists. It’s impossible that it was Muslim Brotherhood members, 100 percent impossible. We work with ElBaradei and coordinate with him,” Gamal Nassar told AFP.

The report also confirms that the “main advocates” of a “yes” vote have been the Muslim Brotherhood, along with some within Mubarak’s former ruling National Democratic Party. See the video of ElBaradei, his guards trying to control the crowds and his speedy departure in a hail of rocks.

For more on the vote, I found an interesting piece at the Arabist, talking about the mood of the people as they lined-up to vote, and a few other quotes about the chants against ElBaradei.

UPDATE 3-20-11:

The referendums were approved with 41% of the eligible voters voting, and passing with 77+% of the vote.