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Foreign governments and media ignore attacks on Christians: foreign ministry

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Ministry statement accuses foreign governments and media of misrepresenting sit-ins as peaceful and turning a blind eye to attacks on Christians

Interim Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy  (AFP Photo)

Interim Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy
(AFP Photo)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has accused foreign governments and international media of ignoring recent attacks on Egypt’s Christian communities and misrepresenting the Al-Nahda Square and Rabaa Al-Adaweya Square sit-ins as peaceful.

The ministry also claim that the violence that swept the country following the clearing of the sit-ins was the Muslim Brotherhood’s “plan B” for either regaining power or “bringing the entire Egyptian house down with them.”

In a statement published in English on Thursday the ministry said: “Beyond overlooking the violent and dangerous reality of the Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins, a number of foreign governments and international media outlets have also chosen to overlook the recent increase in killings and attacks that are once again targeting Egypt’s Christian community.”

The ministry pointed out that attacks on Churches occurred around the country after the sit-ins in Cairo and Giza were dispersed. The statement added: “Mobs of Moslem [sic] Brotherhood members and their supporters, at the behest of extremist preachers, are threatening and attacking Egypt’s Christians.”

Because of the recent international attention given to the situation in Egypt the ministry said, “it is only natural” for Egyptians to “wonder why foreign governments and international media outlets have decided to exclude the intensified attacks on the Egypt’s Christian community from their field of vision.”

The ministry stressed: “The Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins were not exclusively peaceful gatherings, and they posed a clear danger to Egypt’s national security.”



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  • muhammed ashraf

    either regaining power or “bringing the entire Egyptian house down with them.”

  • Dan Huck

    Our, the US’s, Mideast policy is determined by our capitalist elite. The MB was chosen to lead Egypt. Gehad al-Haddad, their spokesperson, son of Essam al-Haddad, Morsi’s advisor for international relations, was recruited by the Clinton (former US President) Foundation, paid by us from 2006 to 2011 for “volunteering” nights (!) for the MB while being trained by our premier NGO in all the organizational, PR, and Internet skills available. The MB agenda, capitalist, authoritarian, melds with the US agenda, as do the methods – beautiful talk; brutal duplicitous behavior. MB leader Shater, Gehad’s role model, is our kind of guy.

    Wake up. Our international fascist empire will not sleep until you are under our thumb once again.

  • sam enslow

    The attacks on churches are a major topics of the US press. I have no idea where the FM gets his information.

  • Reda Sobky

    The west is unable to digest the reality of religious fanatics, they get their way, or, they burn, kill and destroy, get it…this is the reality on the ground. More destruction has befallen Egypt than all the revolution combines, scorched earth, always.

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