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  • » 08/19/2013, 00.00

    EGYPT

    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.

    Cairo (AsiaNews) - In the past few days, amateur videos have appeared online showing various attacks and lynchings by members of the Muslim Brotherhood following the clearing of pro-Morsi camps in Cairo and in major Egyptian cities. Such videos show peaceful protesters but also armed men with machineguns, rocket-propelled grenades and guns, killing policemen, burning churches and humiliating nuns.

    In one report, a small Egyptian television TV station put together a series of incidents that began last Wednesday. In the video, one can see extremist militants at the Nadah Square camp shooting at police with automatic rifles. Some scenes were made by members of the Brotherhood, and include the execution of some army officers and the lynching of a driver, taken from his car and butchered to death. In one scene, a Christian religious building is set on fire on Wednesday afternoon. Over three days, 58 churches and 162 shops and homes were destroyed.

    Evidence for Muslim Brotherhood violence is not only provided by videos but by eyewitness accounts published in Western media.

    One of the most dramatic incidents occurred on Wednesday as well, at a school run by Franciscan nuns in Bani Suef (Upper Egypt), when hundreds of extremists stormed the facility where they raped two teachers. Three nuns were also paraded before an Islamist crowd as prisoners of war.

    Yesterday Sister Manal, head of the school, gave an interview of over an hour to the Associated Press (AP) in which she described in detail the brutality of the Islamists.

    The nun said that she and two others sisters, Abeer and Demiana, were only saved by the intervention of a young Muslim woman, who had taught at the school. With her husband, she convinced the members of the Muslim Brotherhood to let the three nuns go.

    During the interview, Sister Manal also complained about the behaviour of the police, which did not show up despite numerous calls for help.

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