Condemn the violent attacks in Egypt against Coptic Christians and the seat of the Coptic Pope, Tawadros II, at St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo.

On Friday the 5th of April 2013, again for the hundredth time six more Coptic Christians, in a clear act of discrimination and collective punishment, were killed for the death of one Muslim in a street fight in an area called Khosous on the outskirts of Cairo. Reports indicate that Salafist sheiks had called for Jihad which flared the Friday altercations. Various reasons have been cited as the cause of the street fight, but most point to a feud after male members of a Muslim family had sexually harassed a Christian girl because she was walking unveiled in the street.

Since the revolution, continuous and repeated attacks targeting Coptic Christians, their churches and properties have been occurring in response to minor and mostly fabricated incidents. Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood persist in their efforts, using any flimsy excuses, to enlist Muslim mobs to inflict collective punishment and discriminatory aggression against Copts living in the neighborhood. As in Friday's incident, over 20 were injured, a Coptic church attacked and an Evangelical church set on fire. Among the six Christians killed by execution style shooting in the face, one was burnt to death alive!!

A funeral service was held on Sunday at St. Mark's Cathedral, which is the seat of the Coptic Pope, for four of the six killed. Yet again, Muslim extremists fulfilled their threat, to punish the whole Christians community, gathered outside the Cathedral and on rooftops of buildings around it, and attacked the caskets, the mourners, and the Cathedral itself using molotov bombs, firearms and rocks. Photos and video clips, unequivocally show the present police forces either standing idly by and/or themselves showering the Cathedral's yard and the mourners, many of whom were women and children, with freshly imported U.S. teargas canisters. Two additional Copts were killed and and many more were wounded.

Except for a few minutes when the minister of interior affairs was visiting the area, the Cathedral was under continuous siege and repeated attacks all night with hundreds of mourners, of all ages and genders, trapped inside. It was a deliberate and humiliating act demonstrating the growing Salafist espoused culture of hate and aggressiveness towards all non-Muslims. This attack can only rightly be understood as part of the larger effort to create an Islamist theocracy in a new Egypt free of Christians and with no room for pluralism, whether religious or political.

President Morsi's belated and weak response to the unprecedented attack was followed by a statement (in English!) from his office, falsifying the facts and blaming the victims for being violent in their protest against collective punishment and unequal citizenship rights! This further illustrates his administration's support of institutionalised discrimination against Christians in a growing culture of intolerance and racist hate.

Please support and start your own cause asking for equal citizenship rights for all Egyptians.Without pressure and supervision from the international community there will be neither thorough or objective investigation nor justice; Egypt will be ethnicallycleansed from Copts

Please join us, and invite others who believe that all individuals deserve human rights and dignity.  Let us all protest the persecution of the Copts and all religious minorities in Egypt and the Middle East.

A major part of this article is taken from Coptic Solidarity which is a non-profit organization dedicated to leading efforts to achieve equal citizenship for the Copts in Egypt. 

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