» 07/04/2013, 00.00
For Catholic Church, "no coup d'état took place in Egypt"
Fr Rafic Greiche talks to AsiaNews about political changes in Egypt. According to the spokesman of the Egyptian Catholic Church, the army chose to protect a peaceful revolution led by millions of young people. At present, no military took over any political office. The new interim government will take into account all of society's components, including the Muslim Brotherhood. As clashes occur in Giza, a Catholic church is attacked in Upper Egypt.
Cairo (AsiaNews) - "What is happening in Egypt is not a coup d'état.
The Army chose to protect a peaceful revolution led by young Egyptians and
followed by millions of people all over the country. In a normal coup, the
military would immediately appointed a man as their interim president, would
change the government, as it took power, but this is not the case in Egypt,"
said Fr Rafic Greiche.
Speaking to AsiaNews, the spokesman
for the Egyptian Catholic Church explained the reasons why the Catholic and Coptic
Orthodox Churches backed the change in the country's leadership after three
days of mass demonstrations against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim
The clergyman criticised Western newspapers for attributing events to an
unspecified "opposition" and for describing as a coup the decision by
the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) led by General al-Sisi to
suspend the Constitution and oust President Morsi.
For Fr Greiche, "the army is non-political. It is simply managing
talks between the parties. The new interim president Adli Mansour, chief
justice of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court, is a technocrat. He promised
that his temporary government would be a coalition open to all parties and
components of Egyptian society."
Today, police arrested 300 Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including the
group's spiritual leader Mohamed Badie, its treasurer Khairat al-Shater, and
five others, for inciting their followers to kill opponents of Mohamed Morsi.
The call for jihad against anti-Islamist protesters has left several
people dead in Giza (Cairo), where unknown gunmen fired on a crowd, seriously
injuring a police officer. A
Catholic church was also attacked in Minya Governorate (Upper Egypt).
Fr Greiche said that to avoid a "witch-hunt against
the Islamists," the new president, the imam of al-Azhar and the Coptic
Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II "called on the parties to welcome and
accept the Muslim Brotherhood, especially young
people who in recent years have been subjected to actual brainwashing by their
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