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EGYPT: Hundreds protest to denounce terrorist attack on Coptic Christians

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Hundreds of Egyptians took part in a demonstration Sunday morning to condemn the church explosion that took the lives of 21 Coptic Christians in the coastal city of Alexandria in the early hours of 2011. 

In the suburb of Shubra, downtown Cairo, some 500 Muslim and Coptic activists, politicians and other civil society leaders led a protest to show solidarity with the Egyptian Coptic minority and to denounce Saturday's deady assault.
 
Marchers shouted the slogans, "A Muslim and a Copt hand in hand to create a new dawn," and "Not a police state, not a religious state, we want Egypt to be a secular state," as they carried banners showing the crescent along with the cross, which has been a historical symbol of unity between Egyptian Muslims and Copts.
 
Protesters were swiftly surrounded by police officers,  who feared that clashes might erupt between the protesters and bitter Coptic inhabitants of the area.

The neighborhood of Shubra is one of few suburbs in the capital where large communities of Christians live alongside Muslims.

During the march, activists distributed out of flyers calling on Copts to boycott work for three days startuing Sunday and to make Jan. 7 (Orthodox Christian Copts' Christmas) a mourning day without any celebrations.

An attack outside a church in Alexandria right after midnight left 21 Copts and tens others injured, the deadliest incident of a string of clashes related to Copts in Egypt that surfaced in recent years.

In a televised address on Saturday, President Hosni Mubarak said that the attackers "will be making a grave mistake if they think that they will be spared the punishment of Egyptians for their act."

Copts account for 10% of the country's population of 82 million.

In Alexandria, hundreds of Muslims and Copts took part in another demonstration nearby the scene of the killings, where they demanded a transparent and public investigation into the terror attack and called on authorities to announce details of the crime as soon as possible.

The Ministry of Interior had earlier announced that the assault was carried out by a suicide bomber, following the Alexandria's governor's claims that Al Qaeda could be behind the explosions. 

-- Amro Hassan in Cairo

Photo: An Egyptian Christian mourns as he stands next to a blood-stained painting of Jesus Christ on Jan. 2, 2011 outside the Al-Qiddissine (The Saints) church in Alexandria, following a New Year's Eve car bomb attack on the Coptic church in the northern Egyptian city in which 21 people were killed. Credit: MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

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"How about the common denominator of repression and poverty, socio-economic injustice!"

That nonsense has been thoroughly debunked in the academic literature on the 'root causes' of employing terrorism as a method. From the early Egyptian Islamic Jihad to the Sinjar Records in Iraq, poverty is not a root cause

Sam, there's no such thing as a "peaceful" religion. Even Christianity has its own history of abuse, hatred and such. Each and every religion have their fruitcakes and fanatics. Take America's KKK, Aryan Nation and such. They all spew their hatred then declare they're "Christians." There are wrongs being committed against the people of that region in the name of "Christianity" too. Has anyone with half a brain considered this is what's triggering those attacks against Christians in that region. Everything has a trigger point. The powers of the world already know what those trigger points are to get the average man up in arms and turn them all against one group, one religion, one race of people. Unless someone speaks out, who will be next on their list? For to the powers of the world, we're all "collateral damage" that can easily be replaced for the next gullible willing to and die for wars rich old men dream up for the young the die in.

Before this is over with, there will be no Christians of any kind in the Middle East, and if the jihadists had their way, not anywhere at all.

what will it take for the western world to realize that islam whole ideology is to get rid of the crusaders, [xtrians] and the jews? every time you take your clothes off to get on a plane, remember that all 911 criminals were from saudi arabia, our good friends......... not........

but they have a billion and a half warriors, and we have maybe 2 million, the war will only end in a conflagration. lets get the party started..........

That people of all religions marched openely - right away - was the most encouraging news amidst this shamefull story.

Wish the same had happened in NYC on 9/11.

I guess there must be no violent christians anywhere then Sam? Did you forget McVeigh?
You just sound like a bigot.
How about the common denominator of repression and poverty, socio-economic injustice!
No-one condones bombings but these things don't happen out of a figurative clear blue sky any more that 9/11 did. It is called Blowback and when the US stops acting like a militaristic empire maybe the rest of the world will view us differently

Don't let your children marry a Muslim. This slaughter was Muslims killing non-Muslims, plain and simple.

All of these cowardly acts on Christian Copts must end.

Hundreds of Egyptians took part in a demonstration Sunday morning to condemn the church explosion
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Where are the world protests to join them?

THIS INCIDENT IS EXTREMELY SAD NOT ONLY FOR THOSE FAMILIES WHOSE LOVED ONES WERE INNOCENTLY KILLED AND THEIR CHURCH THAT WAS BOMBED, BUT ALSO FOR THE COUNTRY OF EQYPT.

BECAUSE OF THIS TERRIBLE EXPLOSION, WHAT CHRISTIAN OR JEW WOULD WANT TO LIVE IN EQYPT OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY PRONE TO THESE ATTACKS, OR EVEN VISIT EQYPT?

I have to remind Sam kurtyka for the world wars which broke out between Christian states and ended the lives of more than 60 million people in both wars. He also forgets or intentionally ignore what happened between Protestant and Catholics in Europe and thousandths of people killed. To sum up, assume that Muslims are killers and terrorists, does the number of people killed by Muslims reach 10% of those killed in the second world war or American killings in Iraq?

Yet another crime perpetrated by believers in the "religion of peace" .Isn't it the time already for the free world to wake up and realize the fact that Islam is just another totalitarian ideology that can't co-exist with any other perception of life ,and that is evident by looking at the hot spots of conflict in the world from Philippines to Indonesia to China (Shenyang province) to India to Afghanistan to Pakistan to Russia (Chechnya) to Iraq to Egypt to Nigeria and soon Europe (when Muslims' numbers become more prominent in the western societies) where you find the common denominator between all of these troubled spots is Islam .

 
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