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Morsi Culpable In Unprecedented Attack On The Coptic Pope's Seat

Hundreds of mourners were trapped all night inside the Cathedral. Attackers threw rocks and firebombs from the tops of surrounding buildings at the Cathedral. Coptic Solidarity President, Adel Guindy, says "Attacking the seat of the Coptic Pope is unprecedented in the last two centuries. It was a deliberate and humiliating act demonstrating the growing Salafist - espoused culture of hate and aggressive behavior towards all non-Muslims. It amounts to a State crime."  This attack can only rightly be understood as part of the larger effort to create an Islamist theocracy in Egypt. Should they succeed, it will leave no room for pluralism, whether religious or political.

Diverting attention from ongoing troubles towards sectarian problems has been a good tool put in use by Mubarak, and now plays perfectly well for the Muslim Brotherhood.  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 us, and invite 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 the White 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 info@copticsolidarity.org

SOURCE Coptic Solidarity

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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