Saturday, April 15, 2006

Muslims and Christians Clash following Churches Attacks in Alexandria, Egypt

Does the Egyptian Government believe that Egyptian Copts' allegiance is to other countries as the President claimed that all Shiites in Middle East countries allegiance is to IRAN? And, hence they do not need their citizenship rights in their homeland.

If yesterday's attacker is mentally sick, are all those who went out today for clashes with Copts mentally ill? There is a problem and must be addressed. The government and the civil society must work to end the Coptic persecution in Egypt to avoid potential civil war with this growing hatred among Muslims and Copts in Egypt. We should stop burying our heads in the sand.

Today, following yesterday's attacks on churches in Alexandria, clashes erupted between Muslims and Copts in the street after the funeral of the victim who was killed yesterday.

(Reuters) - Witnesses said police fired tear gas on Saturday to stop clashes in Alexandria between Muslims and Christians angered by the killing of an elderly Copt a day earlier by a Muslim.

Two cars were torched, shop windows were smashed and police arrested 15 people.

Hundreds of Christians turned out for the funeral of the 67-year-old man. His assailant wounded five other people in the knife attack on worshippers in two churches.

Thirty people were wounded in Saturday's fighting, medical and police sources said. Rocks and sticks were used in the clashes, which the state news agency MENA said started after the funeral.

Tensions between Egypt's Christians and Muslims occasionally boil over into violence. In 1999, 22 people where killed in sectarian strife in the southern village of Kosheh.

An Interior Ministry source said the 25-year-old man who carried out Friday's attack said he was taking revenge for insults to the Prophet Mohammad, apparently a reference to cartoons of the Prophet published mainly in European newspapers. The authorities said the attacker was mentally ill.

But Christian demonstrators in Alexandria said the authorities were trying to make excuses for what some Copts saw as increasing attacks on Christians.

"We want justice. Christ is the winner," they chanted as they marched through the city on Egypt's northern coast.

"Why can't we live in peace?" read a banner held by mourners at the funeral. "No to oppression," read another.

Three people died in Alexandria in clashes with the police in October during protests by Muslims over a church play which they said was offensive to Islam.

Coptic Christians comprise between 5 and 10 percent of Egypt's 73 million people, most of whom are Sunni Muslim.

10 Comments:

At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freedom...
Hurling Stones and other objects from windows and balconies at the Funeral procession of the Copt who was killed in the Church attack yesterday is sickining and never heared of any where in the world , I just don't know what to say .
Sam

 
At 10:59 PM, Blogger Egypeter said...

Yeah, that's pretty hard to believe. What kind of a human being would do that to someone during a FUNERAL?? Despicable!

I hope that good Muslims will speak up and try and quelch this fire that is burning through the soul of so many Egyptians.

Peace

 
At 1:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is new?
did not they burn Copts alive in suez?
Did not they blow up funeral in Iraq and kill 36 people and they were Muslims like them!!
Do you expect those people to respect Funeral?
Common guys, they killed the guy, what is odd about hurling stones at the funeral procession?

one more time, Religion of peace!!!

 
At 8:29 AM, Blogger Prup (aka Jim Benton) said...

I have no doubt it happened, Sam, but would like a reference in case I decide to refer to it.

 
At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To : Prup
Friday attacks



Several hundred Copts attended the funeral of 78-year-old Noshi Atta Girgis who was killed by a knife-wielding assailant on Friday. At least five others were wounded in Friday's attacks on three churches in Alexandria.



Egyptian Copts typically attend weekly Mass on Friday, which is also the Muslim holy day and marks the beginning of the weekend in the country.



Saturday's funeral procession turned into a demonstration calling for Coptic unity.



The clashes erupted as the procession left the Quidissin church where the funeral service had taken place and headed to the nearby cemetery, the agencies said without being able to confirm who started the clashes.



Muslims and Copts attacked each other with sticks in Alexandria's downtown area and stones were thrown from nearby buildings.



"We want justice. Christ is the winner," they chanted as they marched through the city.



"Why can't we live in peace?" read a banner held by mourners at the funeral.
( Alarabiya.net )

 
At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To : Prup :

You may refere to :
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1EB439F8-43BD-470B-AAB7-B912A61116FA.htm .
Thanks ,
Sam

 
At 6:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck you guys , if yuo think you are a victim .. leave the fuck'n country and stop bitching and whinning about how unfair you are treated in egypt.

keep living in your agony and paint a big fat martyr picture. you'll only waste your shitty life hating and paining. what a fuckn waste of breath !!!!!

 
At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anon 7:34 AM
Which Religion taught you this kind of manners and attitude ??
If you can't dare answer this question ,then you should be ashamed of yourself

 
At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The muslims should leave. A backwards and destructive cult like islam has no place in the historically beautiful land of Egypt.

 
At 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Islam teaches (or brainwashes I should say) that Christians and Jews are dirty infidels. How can they claim it is a religion of peace when it encourages to kill infidels.

To the uneducated little boy who wrote nothing but obcenities... you are a lost, troubled boy. You dont know your history or your religion. We copts are the decendants of the ancient Egyptians. We have more right to be there than anyone else.

Ask yourself one question... why does Islam threaten to kill those that leave Islam? hehehe what kind of religion does this? How insecure must was your Allah have been?

 

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