» 07/15/2013, 00.00
EGYPT - ISLAM
After Morsi, Christians and churches targeted by Islamists
About a hundred Christian families flee the Sinai after the murder of a Coptic priest and the beheading of a Christian businessman. Gunmen riddle churches with bullets. Christian stores are marked for possible attacks, whilst demonstrations target Patriarch Tawadros, "guilty" of supporting Morsi's ouster. Christians are likely to be scapegoated by Islamist groups and the Muslim Brotherhood.
12/09/2013 ITALY - EGYPT
Egyptian Coptic refugee finds comfort in pope's words after enduring pain in Minya
George and his family owned a supermarket. On 10 August, Islamists blew up the business and threatened to kill him and his loved ones. After his escape, he spent the past month in Rome, waiting for his application for political asylum to be accepted by Italian authorities. In Egypt, "there is no place for me," he said. "I can no longer live there. The Egyptian Revolution is not democratic." For Christians, "Life has never been easy. No one has helped us."
Islamists seize Tahrir Square to impose Sharia on Egypt
Thousands of Muslim extremists bussed in from around the country occupy the place that came to symbolise the January 2011 pro-democracy demonstrations. Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist al-Nour Party leaders stay away from the rally, but many of their rank and files are present. Pro-democracy parties and Egypt's Christians are running out of time to stop Egypt from becoming an Islamic republic.
Giza: Islamist mob attacks Shia village killing four
The lynching took place yesterday afternoon in the village of Abu Zawyat Muslam (Giza). Hassan Shehata, an important leader of the Shia community in Egypt, is among the dead. Apparently, the police stood idly by watching rather than intervening. The military says it is ready to step in the political fray to stop the country from slipping "into a dark tunnel of conflict," the Defence minister said.
Tahrir Square flooded by people who want to continue the Jasmine Revolution
Nagui Diamian, a young Catholic Coptic leader, talks about the youth protest a year since the demonstrations that led to the fall of President Mubarak. Thousands have arrived from all over Egypt to demand real change for the country, which is still in the hands of the military. Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists try to monopolise the situation following their electoral victory.
As Islamists opt for hard line, police open fire, more than 30 dead
The wave of clashes began last night with protests in support of Mohamed Morsi. With 12 deaths, Alexandria has been the worst affected. Violence has also been reported in Suez, Qina, Assiut and Ismailia. At least 1,138 have been wounded and injured so far. Muslim Brotherhood leaders say they will continue to be in the streets until the president is reinstated.
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