New Year Eve March Honors Death of Egypt's Coptic Christians

Ayman Nour, leader of the al-Ghad el-Thawra political party in Egypt, has called for a march that will commemorate the death of 21 Coptic Christians.

Ayman Nour wants to march alongside members of his political party and political activists in the country. The march is to be conducted this Saturday on New Year’s Eve. Nour has stated that this march is meant to promote solidarity with the "martyrs of the church” and is in “memory of the church bombing."

Nour and his followers will try and march to Alexandria Church, the scene of a violent attack that involved the death of Coptic Christians.

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Nour further stated that his party supports the march and calls for it, alongside separate political and national movements. He noted that the march "aims at adding this crime to the record of crimes committed by the former regime led by ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his minister of interior Habib Al Adli."

He advocates others to hold them accountable for the bombing and to honor those killed as "martyrs of the revolution."

Last year, hundreds of Coptic Christians were exiting the church when a bomb suddenly went off. Of that number, 21 religious followers were killed. This took place in Cairo, which is the capital of Egypt.

Egyptian activists and Coptic Christians have accused the security forces in Alexandria of being behind the attack.

Last September, a group of human rights lawyers and the Church of All Saints in Alexandria filed a lawsuit against the Egyptian cabinet. They seek justice due to the slow response for the investigation into the church bombing on New Year’s Eve.

The lawsuit was filed against former Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, former Minister of Interior Mansour el-Essawy and General Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud.

Egypt’s former government issued the investigation into the bombing incident, however no official results were announced at the time the regime was toppled last January.

The raging violence occurring against Coptic Christians in Egypt continues to spiral out of control. Ayman Nour hopes to ease the tensions and honor the fallen through his march this Saturday.

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