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The Tagammu Party in Egypt has strongly condemned renewed attacks on Christians in several cities and provinces of the country following President Morsi's ousting. The party has highlighted that the Muslim Brotherhood has made attempts, in vain, to seize power by carrying out violence against peaceful demonstrators, as well as brutally killing and intimidating Christians.
The party stressed though that the crimes carried out by the Muslim Brotherhood are now fewer than what would have occurred if the armed forces did not intervene to dismiss President Morsi.
"The Brotherhood is madly trying in vain to seize rule of the country though people do not want the rule of its guidance office," the party said in a statement on Monday.
"In the face of angry demonstrations against them, and instead of listening to the voice of reason, the Brotherhood used automatic rifles and swords against unarmed demonstrators and killed children and threw them from the top of buildings. Egypt has never seen this brutality and it has nothing to do with religion, nationality or morality."
"The brutal crimes have extended to kill Christians, our partners in the homeland, for no reason but to scare them. There was the criminal murder of a priest while he was standing in front of a church in Arish, a Christian engineer was kidnapped in Arish while he was leaving his house, five Christians were killed in Luxor and the homes of Copts were burned. In Delga village, Minya, Copts were terrorized and a Catholic church was torched over incitement of a Brotherhood pharmacist. Intimidation of Copts is occurring in several places," the statement added.
"If the army did not take action, how many children would die? How many Christians would fall? How many churches would be demolished? How many children would be massacred?" the party questioned.
"The Brotherhood criminals are fighting their last battle and the people's hate of them is increasing. The world will not accept this untamed terrorism from them. The rule of the Muslim Brotherhood will vanish for decades with other similar regimes, whether in Turkey or elsewhere. Egypt will remain a free, dignified and tolerant nation that protects the rights of all citizens, including forces of political Islam that do not use violence. Egypt will remain an umbrella for its entire people, all of them equally, women and men, Copts and Muslims, the poor and the rich," the statement continued.
Sporadic violent acts have occurred against Copts in a number of Egyptian governorates, especially in Upper Egypt, since the announcement by the armed forces on Wednesday to dismiss President Mohamed Morsi in response to the demands of millions of Egyptians who took to the streets calling for the overthrow of the president and the Muslim Brotherhood. In other provinces, churches were attacked and Copts were threatened.