Monday, November 7, 2011

Copts being Arrested to Cover up Killings by Egyptian Army

More fruits of the Arab Spring - Now the Copts are being targeted for arrests. Apparently it is illegal to be shot and run down by armored personnel carriers in Egypt.
Below is an excerpt:

"Saturday, November 5, 2011

Egypt Randomly Arresting Copts for Maspero Massacre

By Michael Ireland
Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

CAIRO, EGYPT (ANS) -- Egypt's Military Prosecutor decided on November 3 to continue the detention of 34 Coptic Christians for another 15 days, pending investigations on charges of inciting violence, carrying arms and insulting the armed forces during the October 9 Maspero Massacre, which claimed the lives of 27 Christians and injured 329. The court session was attended by more than twenty defense lawyers. The case was adjourned to November 18.
Egyptian journalist Mary Abdelmassih, writing for AINA -- the Assyrian International News Agency  , says that according to defense lawyers, most of the detainees were arrested after October 9, and some were not even at the Maspero protest and were just collected from the streets for "being a Christian."
According to AINA, three of them were teens under 16 years old and another had an operation to extract a bullet from his jaw and was chained to his bed in hospital, said defense lawyer Ibrahim Edward. "After the operation he was sent straight to prison where he cannot eat without feeding tubes, so he lives on juices."
AINA says prominent activist Alaa Abdel-Fatah, who criticized the army for the Maspero Massacre, was arrested on October 30, charged with inciting violence, seizing military equipment, and vandalizing military property. He refused to answer questions from the military prosecutors "in a case where the military is accused of committing a massacre when their APCs ran over peaceful protesters in front of Maspero on Oct. 9," his lawyer Ahmed Seif Al-Islam, former director of the Hisham Mubarak Law Center, is quoted as saying. "

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Much more than for other religions, Islam is prone to mob violence. Whether that tendency was reflected in the attacks on Copt by the Egyptian army a few weeks ago or if the army smashed the Copts during their demonstration in a bizarre attempt to prevent more Moslems from rioting, the fact is that Christians are clearly in a worse situation now. Expect more of this in the near future.

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