As voices from around the world weigh in on the turmoil in Egypt, there’s another woerh listening to– this time from the comedy world. Akmal Saleh, an Egyptian comedian now based in Australia, has expressed his unity with Egypt’s protesters and called for president Hosni Mubarak to step down. He spoke to Australia’s ABC North Coast Radio about having faced personal threats and oppression at the hands of Mubarak’s regime.
“I was in Australia and I performed a stand-up comedy routine and the Egyptian ambassador happened to be there with his entourage and I did a little routine about Mubarak… and people got so offended and I was stopped and the ambassador got up and left in protest. I was told my phone was going to be tapped and my uncle, who had booked me for the gig, rang me and said ‘listen, I’ve just got news that there’s a file out with your name and if you go back to Egypt you will probably be arrested… and you don’t know what they’re going to do, it’s a military regime that is capable of anything.”
He went on, “The corruption is just so overwhelming – it’s so blatant that the people have just had enough.”