The new form of the Egyptian currency, which was circulated in the media, caused an uproar in the Egyptian street and criticism of the Central Bank on social media platforms, after the Egyptians accused the existing authorities of containing the new form on the “gay flag,” noting that it was painted on the image of the currency denomination. 20 pounds, before the central bank said that the models are scalable.
newspaper said,Al-Ahram Gate“The Egyptian currency, in its new form, will be issued next November from the new printing house of the Central Bank of Egypt, in the new administrative capital, and it is made of a polymer material known in the media as “plastic money.”
Gay flag on a 20 pound note
However, the Egyptian 20-pound coin sparked a great controversy among Egyptians, as the mosque depicted on the coin was surrounded by the “gay” flag, or what is known as the “rainbow”.
Another tweeter criticized the shape of the new Egyptian currency and wrote: “20 pounds with the gay flag on it and 10 pounds with the Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Mosque on it, among hundreds of Islamic mosques and historical monuments!!”
– Cairo24Live (@cairo24Live) August 1, 2021
A tweet also criticized the image of the 20-pound denomination, and wrote: “People who say colors on the new currency are not the #gay flag, but rather a watermark, the old money has an uncolored watermark! Would you say that this is a plastic currency, and you must color the watermark on it other than paper currency, so why did they make a plastic currency? And secondly, color it in any colors, you do not need this.”
⭕️ This is a big scandal and a sin that takes away the blessing from any paper currency.
The government/central bank/relevant ministries are responsible for the shameful act of placing the image of the flag of homosexuals on a mosque on the national currency note of the state and the Egyptian people, and they are required to correct this, hold accountable and apologize.Tweet embed Egypt https://t.co/tsIu5MO4LC
– HasanSari (@HasanSari7) August 1, 2021
The images circulating in the Egyptian currency sparked a wave of anger in the Egyptian street, during which the Egyptians reacted sarcastically to the decision of the Central Bank.
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Watan monitored many comments that criticized the Egyptian authorities and the Central Bank.
Pictures of ten pounds of plastic and twenty pounds of plastic, I swear to God, I will say that I see paper money is better than plastic money, the adequacy of the paper design is better than the design of the plastic. #new_currency #plastic_coin #new_money pic.twitter.com/fmDCr88NBi
— Mohamed Ahamed Elazhary (@mohamedelazha65) August 2, 2021
— Marwa Nour (@Rahaf32584504) August 1, 2021
The Central Bank of Egypt puts the rainbow flag on “gay”
Above the Egyptian currency, the 20-pound note, in its latest versions.
and no comment
— Salah Bediwy (@Salah_Bediwy) August 1, 2021
This is how I finished and the truth came out
The gay flag on the new 20 pounds and wrapped on the Mohamed Ali Mosque!!! pic.twitter.com/v5BN0GLZFd
– Fareg Alkagy (@Fareg_Alkagy) August 1, 2021
The Central Bank comments on the Egyptian currency scandal
Following widespread criticism on social networks, an official source in the Central Bank of Egypt told the Middle East News Agency, “The circulating models of pictures of plastic coins from the ten and twenty-pound denominations are preliminary, not final and scalable models.”
Egypt has several times witnessed anti-gay movements. In October 2017, activists and rights groups said that the authorities had arrested 22 people, as part of a crackdown on homosexuals, after the rainbow flag symbolizing homosexuality was raised during a concert.
Although homosexuality is not specifically criminalized in Egypt, the society is conservative, and gay men are frequently arrested and charged with inciting immorality and immorality.
Al-Azhar announced in 2017 that it would address homosexuals in the same way that it tackles extremist Islamists. One church held an anti-gay conference, Reuters reported.
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