Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Egypt: Salafis storm church property

From the Daily News - Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English

The diocesan headquarters of the Coptic church in Shubra Al-Kheima was stormed by Salafis on Monday after afternoon prayers. The group raised a banner reading “Rahma Mosque” and remained on the premises until prayers at dawn, when the Interior Ministry intervened and removed the group.

The Salafis took over an area of the diocese headquarters used for services, that had been governmentally licensed, and claimed it as a Muslim place of worship, said Bishop Morcos of Shubra in a telephone interview on Al-Tahrir channel. “We want to know what the government will do.”

“They claimed that the land is owned by a Muslim, despite the issuance of permits for the service building of the church,” said the Maspero Youth Union (MYU) in a statement.

The Coalition of Copts in Egypt called on President Mohamed Morsy to act against the perpetrators and pre-empt future similar situations, asking him and the Interior Ministry to implement frameworks that would allow them to act more rapidly to sectarian incidents.

Bishop Tawadros, who was selected as the Coptic Orthodox church’s 118th pope on Sunday, stated in a television interview on Monday that the state needed to take stronger steps to make Egypt’s Christians feel safer, calling the displacement of Copts “unacceptable.”

Posted on 11/07/2012 2:18 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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