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ECPSS: August worst month of sectarian violence in modern Egyptian history

The Amir Tadros coptic Church in Minya, Egypt, which was set ablaze on August 14, 2013, in a photo taken on August 18 (AFP/File, Virginie Nguyen Hoang)
The Amir Tadros coptic Church in Minya, Egypt, which was set ablaze on August 14, 2013, in a photo taken on August 18 (AFP/File, Virginie Nguyen Hoang)

The destruction of 30 houses of worship, and over 60 Christian shops, homes and cars made August 2013 the “fiercest violent scene throughout Egypt’s contemporary history,” according to a new report by the Egyptian Centre for Public Policy Studies (ECPPS).

Titled “Oppressed under different regimes—Egypt’s Christians between sectarian violence and state negligence,” ECPPS’s report found a systematic and organized surge in violence against Coptic Christians—mostly in Upper Egypt—since the 14 August dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-ins at Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Nahda Square.

ECPPS researchers Ahmed Abdel Wahab and Ahmed Ragab visited each of Upper Egypt’s governorates, where the violence occurred on a fact-finding mission.  Abdel Wahab and Ragab interviewed the victims, clergymen and state officials, and took photos and videos to document the recent destruction.

“The aim is to present such facts to the public opinion and Egyptian decision makers to activate the law, work on protecting the lives and properties of the Egyptian Christians, and ensure no perpetrators of such crimes shall escape the legal accountability,” said a ECPPS statement.

Sixty-two families were driven out of 27 homes in Delga alone, according to Abdel Wahab.  These homes were then ransacked, looted and burnt. Other Christians and their property were attacked in the governorates of Fayoum, Minya, Beni Suef, Assiut, Sohag, and Luxor.

Founded in 2007, the ECPPS is an Egyptian NGO that proposes public policy aimed at making legal and economic reforms “based on the Classical Liberal principles of the free market, minimal government, and individual freedom.”

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  • Reda Sobky

    One of the crucial elements of the fascist equation is scapegoating and organized violence against a minority. These fascists with a religious flavor have turned on their fellow coptic Egyptians and released themselves from any moral obligation to the very religion they espouse and turned themselves into hate machines, blood thirsty and sadistic. This way they can engage in the most barbaric behavior imaginable while representing themselves as virtuous and religiously correct. Any person looking from the outside would ask what religion tells its followers to behave like this? No religion of course tell anybody to do this-so they pretend that they are serving religion. Violating another person’s right to live, the most basic right in all humanity because of one’s belief system is the highest level of degeneration in any civilization and bespoke their fall…you can’t go that low and still expect to rule and psychologically speaking one could say they are bringing about their own destruction through a death wish they are playing out. A kind of mass homicidal suicidal mania completely projected onto the other making the other responsible even for your own death wish for yourself and the other, it is thus known as the Samson syndrome and in arabic “alia wa ala aadaii “let’s just bring the whole place down”-the most extreme state in homicidal suicidal ideation and there they are now, so sad all these people’s lives destroyed so some deluded preachers can feel important.

    • agenius

      a profound psychoanalysis

  • Dudley Durite

    “Men never commit evil so fully and joyfuly as when they do it for religious convictions” ~ Blaise Pascal

    You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same people you do!

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