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Temporary end of Alexandria events after two killed and dozens arrested

17/4/2006

Abdel Muez Mohamed

After three days of fighting, the clashes between a number of Copts in Alexandria and security forces have ended. The calm that prevails in the popular Asafra neighborhood came after violent events that led to the killing of two individuals, one Muslim and one Copt, as well as the more than 33 citizens injured and the 55 arrested, most of them Copts.

Security forces dispersed the sit-in that was organised by a group of Coptic youth in front of the Saints Church (note: aka Two Saints Church) located in the Asafra neighborhood. The youth rejected appeals by the security forces to break up their sit-in and to hand over the weapons and swords in their possession, particularly after the serious injury of a sound technician from one of the satellite agencies after he was attacked by Coptic youth who caused chaos and confusion in the area. They chanted slogans inciting racism and strife. They were confronted by a group of Muslim children in a similar demonstration. The Copts threw stones at them and the children responded equally, at which time the security forces found it appropriate to intervene as to not reach the point of bloody clashes between the two parties. [The security forces] shot teargas and rubber bullets and dispersed the sit-in by force. They arrested the troublemakers of the strife from the two sides. At that time the demonstrations of the Muslim crowds that were denouncing the events left, the protesters chanted slogans like “The crescent lives together with the cross” and “One national unity” which pushed dozens of Copts to join the demonstration, which had a great effect in calming the atmosphere.

A number of elders from the neighborhood and the governorate attempted to hold a reconciliation session, and they demanded that the Muslim Brotherhood representative in the district, Mustafa Mohammed Mustafa, join the session for his prominent role in calming down the situation and to restrain it.

The General Prosecutor renewed the custody of the accused in the assault on three churches last Friday for 45 days pending investigation. In his statements to the General Prosecutor, the accused has confirmed that he attacked Mar Girgis Church at around nine o’clock in the morning. There, he stabbed three individuals in the Church’s courtyard. After that he boarded a tram from the al-Hadara quarter to the Misr train station, where he took a cab to the Al-Qidiseen Church, concealing the knife that he was carrying, and there he stabbed three others. When he was finished with the second church, he cleaned the used weapon, and boarded a microbus to the Holy Virgin Church in the Gianaclis quarter and tried to break into the church. He managed to escape even though security chased him. He then boarded a tram to attack Mar Girgis Church, which is located in the Sporting neighborhood. At the scene, security forces managed to arrest him as he shouted “Let me go to kill five or six others!” according to the story we were told by a judicial source.

This was originally published in Arabic on Ikhwan Online

Translated by JS.

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Dangerous…Dr. Yasser Negm: Church militias attacked protesters today wearing “Black Bloc” outfits

19/4/2013

Dr. Yasser Negm:

Church militias popularly known as the Maspero Youth Group announced the end of their protests because of a lack of confrontation with Islamists and left…They then returned wearing masks and attacked them using weapons while wearing Black Bloc outfits…While carrying the same black cross…And were only outdone by pictures of Abdel-Nasser carried by El-Tayar El-Sha’aby [the Popular Current]…Also behind masks.

This was originally published in Arabic on “Ansar Port Said” which describes itself as the Media Centre of the Muslim Brotherhood in Port Said and which is linked to from the Muslim Brotherhood’s main website, www.ikhwanweb.com 

Amer Shamakh writes: an American “scenario” for toppling the regime

24/4/2013

A friend sent me a report that he said had been leaked from Congress – and responsibility for this [claim] lies with him of course – containing details about an American plot to remove President Mohamed Morsy from power and do away with various aspects of Islam. We are publishing this in order to reaffirm that God has full control over His affairs and that the proud Egyptian Muslim people’s will is above the American’s will and above that of their protector – that is if the report was issued by the American administration. If it wasn’t, then we present – without any embarrassment – the opinion of the person who slyly released this report, which I believe contains many expectations sounded these days.

In its introduction the report affirms that the opposition, led by the National Salvation Front, has completely failed to market itself as a suitable alternative to the elected president, despite possessing tools (Mubarak’s media and businessmen, a large security apparatus, intelligence services, united Copts, huge numbers of thugs and a corrupt, bloated administration that is sympathetic to the former president).

The report describes this failure as: their lack of success in selling the idea of election forgery, their failure to corner the president through widespread protests, the rapid failure of the idea of civil disobedience and, finally, the failure to sell the idea of complete chaos coinciding with big events (the Rafah funeral, the events at the Presidential Palace…etc)

The report relies on Mubarak’s judiciary, who might be the hero of the next stage, and succeed in doing what the opposition failed to do in the past period.

The report outlines a basic plan that relies on:

1. A deluge of judicial verdicts affecting all decisions by the president and his supporters.

2. Interference by the judicial branch in the executive branch and prevention of the executive branch interfering in the judicial branch.

3. Acquittal of anyone who took part in building corruption or killing revolutionaries. This is aimed at making a space within Egyptian minds for the question: who killed them then?

4. Prevention of any funds returning [to Egypt] so that state coffers are not refreshed. “Financial siege”.

Probable occurrences in this scenario (which is expected to last three months):

– Continuing adherence to the Pakistani model. “The judicial weapon”.

– Sending a message to unimportant killers that they will not be held to account while at the same time sending another message to funders and the important killers that the end is near and the money spent will be reimbursed after Morsy’s toppling. “The Adnan Menderes model”.

– Finishing off the president through a judicial verdict or several verdicts during the three months or overturning his legitimacy at the end of June 2013.

– Issuing one or more judicial verdicts ruling that the elections were forged in Morsy’s interest.

– A Supreme Constitutional Court verdict immediately following this dismissing the president.

– These verdicts will convince both the west and the people that the president has lost legitimacy and must be deprived of his position and indeed his life together with his Islamist supporters who caused all these disturbances.

– Creation of complete chaos beginning with the assassination of several famous media and judicial personalities and accusing Islamists of being behind them.

– After the Pakistani model has ended the Turkish one begins – “the execution of Adnan Menderes” – accompanied by a powerful media wave.

– The Algerian model then begins for ten years during which Islamists are totally annihilated.

– A call for national reconciliation (which is refused by Islamists under siege in caves) and an end to the existence of Islamic manifestations and the wiping out of its features.

The report also contains the following two remarks:

– The creation of complete chaos by the opposition now will break it, and its members will appear as rebels to the people and the west. In contrast, chaos after the verdict dismissing the president will make both the people and the west feel that it is Islamists who planned this chaos.

– These verdicts will destroy Islamist morale and make them feel that the president misled them by failing to deliver a pre-emptive strike in order to avoid their slaughter.

The report ends here. We are waiting to see what the coming days bring, and whether they will prove the report’s veracity. In any case everyone must be on their guard, because we do not doubt that there are conspiracies against this ancient country carried out – alas – by a group of its disrespectful sons…We ask God for protection.

This was originally published in Arabic on the Freedom and Justice Party portal.

Legal experts: the death penalty for those involved in the events at Maspero

10/10/2011

Hassan Mahmoud

A number of prominent legal experts have confirmed that a number of those involved in the bloody events at Maspero on Sunday 9 October will face the death penalty, particularly because there was criminal intent and some participants were armed with weapons used with fatal results.

Gamal Tag Eddin, the secretary general of the Lawyers Syndicate’ Freedoms Committee made clear that those involved in the Maspero events will face the death penalty because of a premeditated intention and intention to kill – particularly given that civilians were armed with weapons at the scene of events.

Tag Eddin demanded that the Public Prosecution Office summon lawyer Naguib Gobrail, who led protesters yesterday, for investigation because he has persistently stoked up strife recently. [Tag Eddin] emphasised the importance of respecting the law and state institutions during the transitional period.

Tag Eddin indicated that the events reveal clear defiance of the law and transgression of the peaceful rules [sic] of protest and determination to do away with the foundations that will lead to a solution for the problems. The situation must be resolved and the state of law and institutions consolidated.

Counsellor Fouad Rashed, head of the Appeals court and one of the leaders of the Judicial Independence Current said that the events fall within the scope of serious crimes. The punishment for them is according to criminal intent. For individuals who wanted to kill and killed, this is murder, and the death penalty is handed down to anyone with premeditated intent or who killed more than one civilian or who killed and caused disabilities to others.

He emphasised that people directly involved in acts of strife must be given the harshest punishments, because these individuals are playing a dangerous game; not just a game of revolution enemies but a game of Egypt’s historical enemies. He affirmed that overlooking crime opens the door to strife and destruction.

He added that hesitation in taking decisions will give the revolution’s enemies their historical chance to swoop, because they have money and most of it is begotten illegally. They are capable of spreading strife and therefore must be punished decisively.

He asks, “Why is there hesitation in issuing a political isolation law? And why are regime figures not being held to account politically? And why hasn’t a political accountability law been issued and a political court formed of personalities with a proven track record of probity to try Mubarak and his gang and retinue, given that Mubarak’s crimes are a policy in of themselves?

Counsellor Rashed called for calm, saying, “To all Egyptians…I say, were we patient about afflictions for decades only for us to find it too hard to deal with our thorny issues calmly during the transitional period? And is there a force on Egyptian land capable of finding solutions to Egypt’s problems and deal with the legacy of the long, black years in a day and a night? Is it true that the naked man is only annoyed by his nakedness when his robe is being made at the weaver, even though he was naked for years before that time? Is it not befitting for us to remember that there are countless issues requiring sound management and calm suggestions not delivered via swords, gunshots and blocking road!?”

Amr Ali Eddin, a member of the Committee for the Defence of January 25 Martyrs and Wounded added that the events fall within the scope of the Penal Code and are punishable by the strongest penalty because of an aggravating circumstance and because [the perpetrators took] advantage of the country’s critical condition with the aim of causing strife and disturbance. He pointed out that those involved in the events should be charged with murder and incitement to kill and the death penalty handed down to them.

This was originally published in Arabic on Ikhwan Online.

A Copt in Shubra: The Church pressures to support Shafiq

27/5/2012

Samah Ibrahim

A number of Coptic brothers began breaking their silence as Shubra resident Milad Magdy announced his refusal of the church’s imposing of its political will on him to vote for Ahmed Shafiq.

He confirmed in a Facebook post that he had been contacted by Church official telling him that the Church suggest he choose Ahmed Shafiq, but he refused it, describing it as unacceptable and explaining that it had happed earlier in People’s Assembly elections.

He announced his readiness for any legal action, emphasizing his complete rejection of Church’s, or that of any religious establishment, involvement in politics, whether a church or a mosque.

 

Al-Dafrawy Nassef writes: Christian hands are playing with our blood

23/3/2013

After I saw most of the videos of yesterday of killing, burning, and stabbing in an inhumane manner…and I only expected to see such scenes in Syria at the hands of the Alawite Shia…Because only creed can explain attacks of this barbarity and psychological gratification during beatings or killings …For this reason I think that the Church had a prominent role in the incidents…but I can pretty much say with certainty that those killing the Brotherhood youth in this barbaric way are not Muslims, but Christians, and they do it because of their creed and because of the malevolence and hatred inside of them. Although it is not denied that there are some thugs that were paid EGP 500 or EGP 1,000 I don’t think it is enough to shoot someone fatally or stab him to death with this brutality as if it was a revenge killing. So Christian hands play…And no one tell me that I am inviting sectarian strife, but we must not put our hands in the sand. And it was not the first time, for we saw thousands of them at Al-Ittahadeya.

Crime – Breaking..Murder of two Muslims by a Christian in El-Khosous

Friday April 5 2013

Ayman Sayyed El-Sissy

A fight that broke out a short while ago between a group of Muslims and Christians in the town of El-Khosous, El-Qalyoubeyya, has resulted in the death of two Muslims.

Muslim youths are currently trying to set fire to the house of the murderer but Christian youths standing on top of the roof are protecting it and firing live rounds to prevent any Muslims from approaching the house.

Sectarian strife between Muslims and Christians in the town is currently being stoked up.

Abdallah Eleiwa, a former member of parliament, called on security bodies to act quickly so that sectarian strife doesn’t break out, especially since El-Khosous has a large community of Christian brothers.

This was originally published in Arabic on the Qalyoubeyya Muslim Brotherhood portal.