» 12/14/2012, 00.00
Coptic patriarch and Christian Churches urge participation in referendum
Orthodox Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II last night confirmed his support. Christians will be free to vote for or against the proposed constitution in accordance with their conscience. Catholic Church spokesman believes 'No' side will grow against the Islamist constitution, and that this cannot be ignored.
Tensions rising in Egypt as opposition leaders are investigated for high treason
Hamdeen Sabahi, Amr Moussa and Mohammed ElBaradei, founders of the National Salvation Front, are accused of incitement against the state and betraying the ideals of the Revolution because they led mass protests against the Islamist constitution. Controversial Morsi-appointed Public Prosecutor Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah orders the inquiry.
Egypt’s referendum to amend the Constitution
This is the first referendum since the fall of Mubarak. In favour, the Muslim Brotherhood and the National Democratic Party, the party of the former rais. All other opposition parties are against it and ask for a complete overhaul of the Charter, before the presidential election.
As the Yes campaign is set to win referendum, Catholic Church spokesman calls it "a vote against Islamism and Sharia"
Unofficial results indicate that the Yes won 98 per cent of the vote in at least 25 districts. Turnout tops 55 per cent. Women turnout is also up. Christians cast their ballot despite Islamist attacks and threats. For Egyptian Catholic Church spokesman Fr Greich Rafiq, if the new constitution is not implemented, "we shall find ourselves with yet another odd text useful only to stock bookshelves."
17/08/2013 EGYPT - ISLAM
Cairo, hundreds of Islamists barricaded in mosque. More attacks on churches and Christian buildings
The Army is negotiating with the protesters to clear the building. Yesterday, more than 1,000 Islamists were arrested. Blood bank torched; protesters shot at firemen. Christian organizations draw up a list of churches attacked yesterday. Hamas and Iran defend Muslim Brotherhood.
Muslim Brotherhood violence against Christians and opponents
Several amateur videos show Islamists clash with police using guns, rifles, and rocket-propelled grenades. Some videos also show summary executions of army and police officers. A nun in Bani Suef (Upper Egypt) tells AP about the brutality of Islamic extremists during the attack on a Catholic school. Last Wednesday, Islamists raped teachers and forced three nuns to parade as war trophies in front of a crowd.
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