The surreal story of the Egyptian man who plans to fight a lion in order to generate revenue for his country has taken a bizarre political turn. Following the announcement that 25 year old al-Sayed al-Essawy from Daqahlia plans to fight an African lion in front of the Pyramids of Giza, hundreds of people signed petitions in protest.
Not only has the man broken wildlife trafficking laws by purchasing a lion on the black market for roughly $4,000, but he will most likely kill a magnificent and endangered animal for sport. Wild rumors proliferated that the modern-day gladiator was arrested, but not so. Our friends at Al-Masry Al-Youm interviewed al-Eassawy, who explains that Israel (“through all their atrocities” he grew up watching on television) led him to this fight.
The Ministry of Tourism issued a statement that they do not in any way sanction this lion fight, and the Ministry of Interior has ignored al-Essawy’s request for a permit to publicly engage in what he calls a “life or death” battle.
Nonetheless, the “strongest man in the world” believes he has a gift that can benefit others and has plans to proceed with the lion fight even if he has to do so in secret. He says that battling the world’s strongest creature is like fighting America and Israel. They too can be defeated. Read the entire interview on Al-Masry Al-Youm.
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