Easter in Egypt: Homes Burned with Coptic Christians inside by Mob of 5000 Muslims
With the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in post-revolutionary Egypt, the Coptic Christian community is in danger of persecution more than ever.
There was a “million man” Muslim march in southern Egypt to protest the election of a Christian governor. We are still waiting for reports from Friday to see if the threat of “Bloody Friday” has been carried out.
As you can read from the coverage below, the victim-Christians are being arrested, the Muslim-attackers are going free, the police are doing nothing to stop the pillaging of the Christian homes, or to assist them in escaping the flames.
This is a genocide against the Christians in Egypt and there is silence from the Obama administration. The Muslim Brotherhood behind these Egyptian atrocities is the same group being supported by our government in Libya.
Here are the frightening events in the past few days leading up to Easter:
“URGENT: 5000 armed Muslims attack Copts in Abu Qurqas, El Minya, Egypt”
“In Abu Qurqas, El Minya, Egypt, dozens of Copts were injured and one killed during attacks by approximately 5000 armed Muslims. Molotov cocktails were used by Muslims as they shouted “There is no God but God and the Christians are the enemies of God!”.
This began as a feud between a Muslim van driver who ran over a steep speed bump in front of the villa of Alaa Rida Rojdi, a Coptic lawyer and close associate of Michael Moneir, a prominent Coptic activist in America. He left his van and began feuding with the home owner. He then went and gathered large numbers of Muslims to attack the lawyer’s home to kill him. They gathered in large numbers and then violence intensified as they turned the situation into a religious feud. Coptic people were attacked randomly. Homes, fields and cars belonging to Copts were burned. Coptic homes and stores were robbed.
The police arrested 15 Copts who were trying to calm the situation. No Muslims were arrested. The police did nothing to stop the violence. The army systematically disarmed Coptic Christians who bore weapons. Muslim Sheiks encouraged the attacks on mosque loudspeakers in the region. “This will be a sad Easter for all Copts”, screamed the loudspeakers.
“We are Egyptians too, why is the police just watching and not helping?” cries out an Egyptian man who watched home after home burn, at least one with women and children trapped inside. “Please help us!!!”, he cries. His own children and wife were removed alive but with burn injuries from his own blazing home. Various TV channels were prevented from filming the damages by security forces.
Eid Rojdi is the first known Coptic fatality in the attacks. His three children were severely injured. His mother was thrown from the third floor of their home and is also severely injured. Fifteen families fled the region initially, after which, Coptic movement was restricted. At the present time no Coptic Christian is allowed in or out of Abu Qurqas while Muslims move freely. An estimated 650,000 pounds were looted from Coptic homes.
Muslims are currently attacking the Church of Prince Tadros in Abu Qurqas. The security forces successfully blocked prior attempts but is currently unable to contain the violence. “I am surprised by the events that have taken place as there is relative peace in the region between Christians and Muslims.”
A private vehicle was intercepted on its way from Abu Hilal, El Minya, to Abu Qurqas full of weapons and Molotov cocktails. Abu Hilal is an epicenter for the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafi Movement. Scores of Muslims from this and other regions are flocking to Abu Qarqas by the carloads. The Muslims have declared this Friday coming up to be “A day of blood for the Copts”.
“Muslims in Abu Qurqas rename Holy Friday “Bloody Friday” for Copts”
“Muslims in Abu Qurqas have marked their homes with the statement “There is no God but Allah” and pictures of Ka’ba. This is in preparation for tomorrow’s planned attacks on the homes of all Coptic homes in Abu Qurqas, a day they deemed as “Bloody Friday” This also coincides with Holy Friday for the Coptic Christians.
For several days, the Christians have been under attack although today after the Thursday liturgy there was an eerie calm. Although security forces have prohibited any filming of damages, the video associated with this article was taken without notice by authorities. While there is no violence today, eye witnesses say that there is a large gathering of Muslims in the Mosques in Abu Qurqas. The Copts are worried for tomorrow. Eye witnesses say there is a build up of Muslims from surrounding regions ready and armed for attacks tomorrow. Cars full of weapons have been spotted including one which was intercepted by security forces.
Until now, Bishop Makarious, the bishop of El Minya and Abu Qurqas estimates 30 Coptic homes have been robbed then burned. Coptic businesses, fields and cars have also been burned costing initial estimates of $3,000,000 in damages. His Grace also expressed concern that no one has been arrested in all these crimes except 15 Coptic Christians which he thought was rather ironic. Approximately 7 are seriously injured and one dead in the last several days in Abu Qurqas. His Grace also states that the Pope has been following the events closely through the news and messages sent to him from those on the scene.”