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Supporters of Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi have attacked several houses owned by Copts in Minya's village of Badraman, Upper Egypt, during their demonstrations recently. The protests were held to express their support for the former president.
The demonstrators called for the return of the former president to power while protesting against the army and Coptic Christians, during which they assaulted Copts and vandalized several homes.
Emeel Asaad, one of the village's residents, said: "The demonstrators called for the return of Morsi to power during their protest after Friday prayers, chanting 'It is shameful that Christians became revolutionaries' and 'Down with the rule of the pope'."
He added that the demonstrators threw stones at the Coptic-owned homes, but were stopped after security forces intervened.
The nearby village of Delga witnessed hostile chants against Copts the day before. Father Ayoub Youssef, priest of St. George Catholic Church, revealed that "demonstrators organized marches on Thursday in the village chanting against Copts. Extremists attempted to assault the houses, but wise people prevented them."
Minya and a number of Egyptian governorates have reported witnessing consecutive brutal attacks against Copts from Morsi's supporters since Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi was removed from power on July 3.