Millions are expected to join a nationwide anti-Morsi and anti-Brotherhood demonstration set for June 30. Included in the bunch are Christian Copts—a minority Christian people in Egypt. Islamists are speaking out and warning them not to protest, and reports say that the Muslim Brotherhood is feeling threatened by this upcoming demonstration. On Islamic radio, Assem Abdel Maged, a leader of the Egyptian extremist group Gamaa Islamiya warned Christians and Copts against the protest saying “Do not sacrifice your children. Muslim public opinion will not tolerate toppling the President.”
By Jeremy Reynalds
06/20/2013 Egypt (AssistNews)- This week Assem Abdel Maged, a leader of the Egyptian extremist group Gamaa Islamiya, said that those calling for the demonstrations are “extremists Copts.” He issued a warning to the Coptic Church and Christian citizens who plan to join in the protests on June 30.
Speaking on an Islamist satellite video channel, AINA reported he said, “Do not sacrifice your children. Muslim public opinion will not tolerate toppling the President.”
Abdel Maged denounced the Coptic rights group Maspero Youth Union as “extremist Copts” whom he holds responsible for the Maspero massacre on Oct. 9 2011. AINA said that claimed the lives of 27 Copts and injured 329, with no Muslim casualties.
Maged said, “They held batons in the shape of crosses and assaulted the Egyptian soldiers, and smashed the heads of the army recruits with stones while they were in their armored vehicles.”
AINA said his criticism also targeted another rights group, Copts Without Shackles, which he claims is made up of communists and atheists.
AINA said Maged, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the terrorist attacks in the late eighties in Minya on police headquarters, killing 117 policemen, is coordinator for the Tagarrod Movement to support Morsi and counter the Tamarod initiative.