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Morsi calls for investigation into cathedral attack

All necessary measures were taken to end violence outside Abbasiya Cathedral, assailants will be held accountable, presidential statement says

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Apr 2013
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President Mohamed Morsi has called for an investigation into the attacks on mourners at Abbasiya Cathedral on Sunday.

All necessary security measures were taken to contain the violence which killed two and injured 90, the president said in a statement issued late on Monday.

Violence broke out on Sunday outside Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Abbasiya, Cairo. A funeral had taken place for Copts killed on Saturday in sectarian clashes in Qalioubiya, north of Cairo.

The statement, published in English on the Facebook page of presidential assistant for foreign relations Essam Haddad, claimed the violence started after mourners vandalised cars on Ramses Street and local people responded by throwing stones and launching fire crackers.

“The situation further escalated into guns and pellet guns being fired, according to the neighborhood's security official,” the statement  read.

“Camera lens also captured individuals carrying live weapons, Molotov cocktails, and rocks to the roof of the cathedral as well as inside and outside of it which prompted police to intervene and disperse the clashes with tear gas,” the statement added.

The prosecutor-general has called for an investigation into the violence and sent the victims’ bodies for a forensic autopsy.

The statement said, "The Ministry of Interior has been committed to the president's instructions of self-restraint in dealing with the violent acts and in considering the balance between the citizens’ right to peaceful expression of opinion and the right of all citizens to safety and security." 

“In this context, the Egyptian presidency would like to affirm its full rejection of violence in all its forms, and under any pretext and affirms that all Egyptians are citizens who should enjoy all rights and are equal before the law.

“The presidency further stresses that it will not allow any attempts to divide the nation, incite sedition, or drive a wedge among Egyptians under any pretense and that it is doing all it can to realize the sovereignty of law and hold the assailants accountable,” the statement concluded.

Late on Monday, President Mohamed Morsi announced the revival of the National Council for Justice and Equality (NCJE).

The council was formed in November 2011 by the government of then-prime minister Essam Sharaf. It was mandated with promoting the ideals of justice and equality, disseminating a culture of citizenship and furthering the principle of equality regardless of race, religion or gender.

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09-04-2013 02:54pm
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Blame the copts and then call for an investigation? I shouldn't expect much from someone like you Mr.President. I am an Egyptian Muslim supporting our Christian brothers and sisters.
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Woundedknee
09-04-2013 12:23pm
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Shame on him
Blaming the Copts, saying the started?!? ..... Shame, shame, shame... How can anyone lie so blatantly.
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medo
09-04-2013 12:07pm
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here we go again!
Another investigation.... Why not stop the violence at the start? I refuse to believe that we do not have the resources to stop these people fighting in the street... i also refuse to believe that we cannot protect the streets of Egypt. If the president is unable then lets find someone who can! How many investigations do we have a year? And the result is ALWAYS the same... "unknown persons" committed the crimes! Enough is enough.. The economy is gone, tourists have gone, no jobs, no food and no petrol. What else can we lose? And one last question, Why does the presidency not do something about the "black market" trade of foreign currencies? Surely a law made that any shops dealing in rates above those provided by the central bank of Egypt would be closed down, would help so many businesses that are facing financial ruin as they cannot find any dollars unless they pay black market rates. Mubarak stopped shops dealing in this years ago... then morsi comes, changes the bank of Egypt's chairman... and now everyone is doing it again. If he manage the economy, he will have no country to manage!
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