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‘Harlem Shake’ Becomes Middle East Protest Anthem

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Almost everyone in the U.S. has come to know and love (or hate) the “Harlem Shake” meme as a mostly benign, viral YouTube craze. But in Egypt and Tunisia, it’s taken on another meaning entirely: It’s an act of political protest.

About 400 young men did the “Harlem Shake” while chanting for the departure of Islamist Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi outside the Muslim Brotherhood’s main office in the Egyptian capital of Cairo Thursday night. Those inside the building decided to shut the office down and turn off the lights, according to the Associated Press, which called the event a “light-hearted expression” of political dissidence in a country that’s been rocked by turmoil in recent years.…
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