Egyptian security forces, The attack on St. Mark Cathedral, during the funeral service

Egyptian security forces, The attack on St. Mark Cathedral, during the funeral service

Newly-emerged video appears to show Egyptian police standing idly by – and  even helping attackers during a deadly assault earlier this month on a Coptic  cathedral where Christians were mourning five men killed in an earlier clash  with Muslims.

The video shot April 7 and first obtained by MidEast Christian News, shows a  men shooting guns, wielding machetes and hurling stones and possibly Molotov  cocktails as mourners carry caskets out of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral  in the Abbassia District of Cairo as uniformed police watch, unmoving.

At one  point, a police officer appears to help a gunman take aim at a courtyard full of  mourners who had spilled out of the church. The attack left two Copts dead and  another 84 people injured, including 11 police officers.

“There is a general feeling among citizens about the absence of law  and the prestige of the state.”

– Report on religious vilence in Egypt


When it was over, the only arrests made were of four Copts. Christians, who  were already outraged over a three-day attack that began April 4 attack in  Khosous which saw the four men killed and homes, a nursery and a church burned,  said the events show how elusive justice is for Christians, who make up about 10  percent of the nation’s population.

“Two Copts were killed during the attack on the Cathedral; four more died in  Khosous, yet not one of their attackers has been arrested,” said Andrew  Johnston, advocacy director for Christian Solidarity Worldwide. “These arrests  come at a time when the Coptic community in Egypt is still coming to terms with  an unprecedented attack on the headquarters of the Coptic Orthodox Church and  the violence in Khosous. Such discrepancies in the discharge of justice  contribute to impunity, and can only foster more sectarianism.”

Tensions between Egypt’s Christians and the majority Sunni Muslims have grown  dramatically since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011 and replaced by  the Muslim Brotherhood-led government of Mohammed Morsi.

“There is a general feeling among citizens about the absence of law and the  prestige of the state,” said a report released Wednesday by the Egyptian  National Council for Human Rights. “Such a feeling could push the citizens to  the violence and sectarianism without fearing from any deterrence, ” reads a  passage from the report.

“The recent incident proved the shrinking of the role of the state to control  the actions of the individuals especially those people who think that they talk  on the behalf of God,” the report continued. “There is a need for implementing  the law strictly to treat such incidents.”

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  • muse1876  On April 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    They are nothing but rabid animals and should be treated as such.

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