Completely agreed with Amira. During the times of Mubarak, christians were threatened from time to time with the anuence (or direct colaboration) of army, as a way to enhance the risks of an islamist revolt, which would obviously exterminate Egypt’s christians same as happened in other places. My intuition tells me that Sisi is playing the same. He knows that westerns will support him if those prosperous christians are respected. and wil use that tool, same as Mubarak did, to remain in full power. Deja Vu.
The nuanced, complicated-nature, and symbolic defeat of a theological state that came with June 30 has left most Christians in Egypt ironically and dangerously excited, hopeful, and confident in the current government and more precisely, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Seven months ago, on August 14, Egyptian Christians fell victim to an unusually coordinated and well-executed attack that extended to almost every province of the country. As Christians watched approximately 100 Christian institutions and churches destroyed and attacked by assailants across the country, they also saw the strength of Egypt’s security apparatus as it dispersed the pro-Mohamed Morsi Raba’a al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins. While authorities accused the Brotherhood of planning and launching the attacks in retaliation for the sit-in dispersals, the Brotherhood in turn denounced the attacks, accusing Egyptian security forces of orchestrating them as a means of framing the organization. Regardless…
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