Egyptian political intellectual and writer Amin el-Mahdi described the recent assault on St. Mark's Cathedral and Al-Azhar earlier as an attempt for "sectarian fragmentation" by the Muslim Brotherhood in order to control Egyptian society.
Mahdi said that the attack by the interior ministry on the Coptic youth inside the cathedral during the funeral of the victims of El-Khosos City was aimed at suppressing Copts.
In his comment on current events in a seminar organized on Wednesday evening at San Gabriel Cultural Center in Alexandria under the title, "Crisis of Democracy and Peace," Mahdi said that the state assaulted on and besieged the cathedral to suppress Coptic youth. The efforts came because the Maspero Youth Union participated in the solidarity march with Sheikh of Al-Azhar against "Brotherhooding" the institution. more >>
The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) recently denounced mounting pressure on the Nigerian government to grant extremist group Boko Haram amnesty.
In a statement CANAN's executive director, Laolu Akande, said there are other options apart from amnesty.
"We are not out rightly against a political solution, side by side with the enforcement of law and order which is government's primary assignment anywhere," Akande told The Premium Times. more >>
A number of Christian leaders and members of the Maspero Youth Union in addition hundreds of Copts attended the funeral of 34-year-old Copt Daoud Makram Daoud, one of the victims of the Khosos attacks this past Friday and Saturday in the El-Khosos City of Qaliubiya.
The participants organized a demonstration in the village after burying the victim, rebuking the attacks that targeted Copts in the area, and stressed keeping the Christian faith in Egypt.
The victim's father denounced the attacks committed by security forces against the cathedral after they were seen throwing tear gas into the precincts of St. Mark's Cathedral in Abbassiya. Unidentified attackers struck the sacred cathedral with stones, Molotov cocktails and gun shots. more >>
Egypt's former Minister of Culture, Dr. Emad Abu Ghazi, described the unprovoked attacks on the cathedral in Egypt on Sunday as "a crime by the regime," adding that he cannot understand the reason for the attacks.
"There is a group seeking to destroy Egypt and all its symbols, but Egyptians will not allow it to do that," Abu Ghazi told MCN.
Asked whether these attacks were a message to the church and Coptic Christians in order to intimidate those attacked and prevent social and political engagement, Abu Ghazi insisted Egyptians today will not respond to such tactics. more >>
In response to the unprovoked attacks of mourners at St. Mark's Cathedral on Sunday, protesters walked through Cairo chanting slogans of peace and unity.
Protesters marched from Al-Fatah Mosque in Ramsis with their path taking them to the presidential palace after passing by St. Mark's Cathedral.
The protesters chanted "Down with the rule of the MB," "The people want to overthrow the regime" and "Muslims and Christians united" in protest of the attacks that took place on Sunday after the funeral of a Khosos victim and the infringement made against the cathedral and Pope Tawadros II. more >>
A leading human rights organization has urged Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to investigate the deadly St. Mark's Cathedral attacks and bring those responsible to justice.
Human Rights First (HRF) demands that the government "immediately establish a public inquiry into incidents of sectarian violence that have occurred in recent weeks, including yesterday's clashes around Cairo's main Coptic Christian cathedral," according to a HRF statement published on their website.
"Those implicated in acts of sectarian violence should be prosecuted and member of the security forces who failed in their duties to protect citizens should be held accountable," the statement added. more >>