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Stories are continuing to emerge from the massacre of Christian protesters by the Egyptian military that killed 27 people on Oct. 9, 2011.
Recently a Christian woman has revealed to Egyptian private network ON TV how her fiancé was brutally murdered in the brutal clampdown on the peaceful Christian march.
The protest against a church burning that had taken place the week before was originally peaceful and orderly. However, that all changed when military were ordered to break the protest.
Vivian Magdi was a direct eye witness to the attack, which was the worst violence in Egypt since former president Hosni Mubarak was removed from power. Magdi reveals that the soldiers turned on the people, targeting Christians, firing their guns in the air and inciting panic in the people.
As the crowd started screaming, a number of people were taken down by the soldiers.
Michael, Vivian’s fiancé, decided to stay and help the ones that fell. He rushed in to help some people but was then mercilessly run over by a truck and killed.
Vivian recalled seeing his body “in between the wheels.”
She described how his legs were torn, and how soldiers gathered round him and continued beating his lifeless body.
The Christian woman moved in to help and tried to reach her fiancé, but the soldiers began hitting her as well.
“You infidel, why are you here?'" they shouted at her as they tried to subdue the crowd, taking the lives of another 26 people in the process.
Most were reported to have been killed by similar armored trucks, while others were found with heavy blows to the head. The army reported it had also suffered casualties, although no official number has been released.
Egyptian state TV has been accused of playing a large part in inciting the violence.
One reporter, Dina Rassmi, revealed on her Facebook page that it was the state TV “calling for a civil war between Christians and Islams,” and that she was embarrassed to be working for the station.
Furthermore, a presenter called on “honest Egyptians” to protect the army, which he claimed was being attacked by the Christian protesters; a claim that has since been revealed to be entirely fabricated. The streets were soon reported to be full of armed Islamist looking to confront any Christians they encountered.
Videos documented the violence that occurred on Sunday, and have spread quickly throughout the news, both in Egypt and abroad. They have sparked outrage from the Christian community, who are accusing the government and the army of waging a direct war on their faith.
The attack stands in stark contrast to the ideals of the February revolution, with the military being accused of simply taking over the former president’s place and continuing with the same oppressive tactics.
Egypt has experienced great turmoil between its religious groups, with Christians, who make up around 10 percent of the population, often describing themselves as being treated like second-class citizens. Muslim conservatives have spread messages accusing Christians of trying to rise up and take over, even claiming that churches are stacked with weapons.
The situation is expected to get worse for Christians should the Muslim Brotherhood win a majority seat in the coming election and impose Shariah law.