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A number of Egyptian politicians have denounced the threats launched by Muslim Brotherhood leaders against Coptic Christians, in an attempt to prevent them from demonstrating. This came after Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Minister of Defense and Military Production, called on Egyptian citizens to help fight terrorism.
In Rabaa el-Adawiya Square, Cairo, Mohamed el-Beltagy, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, warned Copts against participating in demonstrations. Beltagy also warned them against being used by Sisi as victims to save himself and his coup, as former Minister of Interior Adli did in the bombing of the Two Saints Church.
Beltagy claimed that "the Islamists secured for Copts the right to practice their beliefs and build houses of worship as written in the constitution."
Nabil Sharaf el-Din, a political writer, denounced Beltagy's threats. "Beltagy threatens Copts concerning a massacre intended for them to intimidate them from taking to the streets," Sharaf el-Din said via his Twitter account.
"Why does he [Beltagy] speak about Copts specifically and not all of the Egyptian people who rejected their rule?" Sharaf el-Din wondered.
In a related context, political activist Alaa Abdel Fattah said via his Twitter account, "As usual, pro-deposed president supporters cannot speak for five minutes without turning the speech into a sectarian one and insulting Christians."
Gamal Eid, director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights, wrote on Twitter yesterday that when the leaders of the Brotherhood spoke of Christians, they used the hateful description, "Nasara."