Morsi Culpable in Attacks on Coptics
Coptic Solidarity condemns in the strongest terms the violent attacks over the past few days in Egypt against Coptic Christians.
On Friday the 5th, six Coptic Christians and one Muslim were killed on the outskirts of Cairo in an area called Khosous. Reports indicate that Salafist sheiks had called for Jihad just prior to the supposed spontaneous Friday altercation.
Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood persist in their efforts to enlist Muslim mobs in their tactics of collective punishment and aggression against Copts living in the neighborhood. As in Friday’s incident, over 20 were injured, a Coptic church attacked and an Evangelical church set on fire. Among the six Christians killed, one was burnt alive.
At a funeral service last Sunday at St. Mark’s Cathedral for those killed, Muslim extremists were present outside and attacked mourners leaving the Cathedral, some of whom had planned a protest march after the service. Many reports, supported by photos and video clips, indicate that police forces that were present stood idly by and in some instances even assisted the attacking Muslims. They threw multiple teargas canisters on the Cathedral’s yard and against the mourners, many of whom were women and children. Two more Copts were killed and scores wounded.
Hundreds of mourners were trapped all night inside the Cathedral. Attackers threw rocks and firebombs from the tops of surrounding buildings at the Cathedral.
President Morsi’s belated and weak response to the unprecedented attack was followed by a statement (in English) from his office, falsifying the facts and blaming the victims. This further illustrates his administration’s support of this growing culture of intolerance and hate.
The Pope stated in a TV interview “…There are many question marks about the events of Khosous and the Cathedral, pointing out that the security agencies did not do their full duty, with a possible negligence. It would have been possible to control the situation had there been the right decision at the time.”
Coptic Solidarity calls on the Morsi government to end these diversionary tactics and provide equal protection for all Egyptians. Morsi should immediately initiate a thorough and objective investigation into the events bringing the perpetrators to justice. Furthermore, Coptic Solidarity emphasizes that Copts in Egypt need special attention from the international community.
Please join Coptic Solidarity and others who believe that all individuals deserve human rights and dignity, in a peaceful demonstration to protest the persecution of the Copts and all religious minorities in Egypt and the Middle East.
When: Thursday, April 18 from noon to 2 p.m.
Where: Washington, D.C. – In front of the Pennsylvania Ave. main gate of theWhite House,
Followed by a March to Congress/Capitol Hill via Pennsylvania Ave
Coptic Solidarity is non-profit organization dedicated to leading efforts to achieve equal citizenship for the Copts in Egypt.
For more information, contact Hal Meawad 240-644-5153 or [email protected]