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EGYPT - ISLAM
Cairo, thousands of judges protest against Islamization of society
The protesters called for the repeal of the law on pre-retirement of judicial officials. Approximately 13 thousand judges to be sent into retirement. For protest leaders the move is an attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to maintain power in the judicial field.
/ Agencies) - Thousands of Egyptian judges last night invaded the square before
the High Court in Cairo to demand the end of the rule of the Islamist Justice
and protest against the early retirement of more than 13 thousand officials.
was organized by the Egyptian Judges Club, a union collects about 90% of
Egyptian judges. It
comes after the verdict issued in recent days by the Egyptian Constitutional
Court which has judged the laws that govern the Shura Council (parliament),
dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood unconstitutional, thus rendering void the
controversial proposed laws made in recent years, such as the 'attribution
of extraordinary powers to president Morsi and the ability of the same to
appoint key officials of the Egyptian judicial system.
In recent months
the government and President Mohammed Morsi have defended the draft law on
lowering the retirement age of civil servants as an attempt to eliminate the
judges loyal to the regime of Mubarak. However,
according to leaders of the protest the move would allow the Muslim Brotherhood
to place only judges related to the movement within the courts in order to stem
the loss of support among the population.
Morsi's rise to power sentences for blasphemy and offense to the president have
Ahmed Duma, an activist, was sentenced to six months in prison for criticizing President
Morsi on social networks. Another
example of the gradual Islamization of the justice system is the case of
Dimyana Ubeid Abdel al-Nour, a Christian teacher on trial for insulting
Islam and Muhammad during a lesson. The woman has always
declared herself innocent. In
her history lesson she had spoken of her respect for the Orthodox Coptic
Patriarch Shenouda III.
The dream comes true, Egypt is free from a hateful regime
The country has been waiting with patience and hope for the day when the Muslim Brotherhood would be forced to step aside. Now, armed with a great social diversity that is also a great wealth, we can hope for a new and better nation. Starting from the young people, the "true pyramids" of modern Egypt. It is the end of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Cairo, tens of thousands besiege the presidential palace. Morsi flees for safety
Police charges to keep away the demonstrators. 18 people suffer minor injuries. Youth, leaders of the democratic parties, members of the institutions, have come from all over Cairo and other parts of the country for the "last warning march." Objective: To force the president to step down. Judges united front for a boycott of the referendum is broken.
08/04/2013 EGYPT - ISLAM
Tensions between Christian and Islamic groups. Six dead in three days
Four Copts and a Muslim shot dead in Khosous. The imams incite violence against Christians. Christian kindergarten and homes burned. At a funeral in the Cathedral of St. Mark, a group attack the funeral procession with Molotov cocktails and stones. Morsi and al-Azhar condemn the violence. The police almost totally absent. The Christians accuse the government of failing to provide any security for the minority.
25/06/2012 EGYPT - ISLAM
Egyptian Catholics adopt wait and see policy with Mohammed Morsi
Fr. Rafiq Greiche, spokesman for the Catholic Church, fears the Islamization of society and the sharia. Even if the new president said "nice words" to reassure Christians, lay and women. The clash between the Muslim Brotherhood and the army threatens to block the development of society.
01/08/2013 EGYPT - ISLAM
Thousands of pro-Morsi supporters defy government's ultimatum
For the interim government the sit-in near the al-Rabaa Adawiya mosque and Nahda square, near Cairo University are "a threat to the security of the country." The Muslim Brotherhood promises they will not stop even in front of a "massacre." Mohamed Badie accused of inciting follower to violence; Morsi accused of violence and conspiring with Hamas. Bland reactions from Europe and the USA.
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