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Copts have not been forcefully displaced from Egypt village: presidency

Dashour Copts were not forced to leave but chose to out of fears of further clashes, says presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali

Ahram Online, Saturday 4 Aug 2012
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Dashour's Copts have not been forced to migrate following recent clashes, said presidential office spokesperson Yasser Ali Saturday. Those Copts who left the town were motivated by fear of future clashes.

Ali said President Mohamed Morsi had received reports stating that Copts were not forced to leave but did so of their own volition.

Copts who have suffered material damages will be compensated, Ali said, adding that the president also contacted Al-Azhar's grand imam and the acting Coptic pope to intervene to end the crisis.

Last Wednesday, nine people, including the director of criminal investigations in the Giza Security Directorate, Mahmoud Farouk, were injured in clashes in Dashour, which were a continuation of clashes that had erupted a week earlier.

Investigations revealed that a Copt who irons clothes for a living and one of his Muslim customers became entangled in a brawl after the former accidently burnt the customer’s shirt. The fight escalated and drew more people in, leaving one Muslim, Moaz Mohamed Mohamed, seriously wounded. He later died of his injuries. Clashes broke out again after his death.

Several houses belonging to Christian residents, in addition to two businesses in the town, were reportedly burned down by crowds angered by Mohamed's death.

Security forces intervened when Muslim and Christians faced off and started firing guns and throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at one another.

According to Ahram Arabic news, there was reportedly also a failed attempt to set the Mary Girgis Church on fire before security forces used tear gas to disperse angry crowds.

Subsequent reports stated that some 120 Christian families were forced to leave Dashour in the aftermath of the clashes.

President Morsi ordered authorities to punish culprits of the sectarian clashes in Dashour "to the full extent of the law."

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Samantha Criscione
05-08-2012 04:59pm
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Regarding statement by #4 that the Muslim man died by "fault"
The question is: whose fault? According to Coptic accounts, the problem was resolved; the customer was to return to settle the money. Instead, organizers -- some dare to say Ikhwan clerics -- besieged the launderer's house with a lynch mob. He threw the firebomb in response to extreme threat. This is not Muslim-Christian religious conflict, or one launderer’s crime. This is fascist organizers whipping up local Muslims with lies and pressure into a lynch mob. Fascists always play on local beliefs; these "clerics" use Islam. The clerics should be jailed, not the launderer. The big problem: a fascist spare tire occupies the presidency. -- Samantha Criscione
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Sawsan Mostafa Ali
06-08-2012 04:52am
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I FORGOT SOMEHTING
I DID NOT ELECT PRESIDENT MOURSI. AND MAY BE I DO NOT AGREE ON HIS POLICIES, BUT I CAN NOT ACCEPT YR SAYING ABOUT HIM AND DESCRIBING HIM AS FASCIST. HE IS THE LEGAL PRESIDENT OF EGYPT AND FOR THAT I RESPECT HIM. THIS IS DEMOCRACY.
Sawsan Mostafa Ali
06-08-2012 04:33am
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ONE HAND - ONE HAND - ONE HAND
ARE YOU EGYPTIAN? I DOUBT - AS WE EGYPTIANS CRITICIZE EVERYTHING IN OUR COUNTRY IN ORDER TO MAKE IT BETTER- BUT YOU ARE TRYING TO SET A FIRE - YOU ARE NOT SEEKING THE TRUTH AS WE SEEK IT - NO, IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT YOU HAVE AIMS BEHIND YR WORDS- BUT I AM TELLING YOU - NO ONE IS GOING TO SUCCEED IN MAKING EGYPTIANS APART - WE ARE ALL MOSLEMS AND CHRISTIANS - ARMY AND POLICE - ONE HAND - ONE HAND - ONE HAND- TILL END OF TIME - GOD WILLING.
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BE
05-08-2012 01:15pm
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Sooo.....
...no need to worry about racism and copto-phobia in Egypt then? How did the egyptian public and media react when "The headscarf martyr" Marwa el-Sherbini was killed in a german courtroom three years ago?
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sawsan mostafa ali
05-08-2012 03:54am
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HOW TO DEAL WITH SUCH CRISIS
1- It was a mess- one moslem died by fault- homes are burning- so the only solution to protect souls and homes of Christians is to take them out the village((temporarily)).2- The one who killed the man by fault - regardless of his religion will be submitted for trial. 3- After situations gets better and all people to calm down, all Christians will be returned to their homes - after having meetings with all people to be sure that conflicts will not be continued again.4- Compensations will be submitted to those who lost their homes or shops. (( This tallies how to solve a crisis like this which we studied and applied of HOW TO DEAL WITH CRISIS)).
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Samantha Criscione
05-08-2012 12:04am
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A horrific statement, delivered with a sickly smile
Unbelievable. He admits they feared future violence. Reports from Coptic sources say that the family of the tragic burn victim, and unnamed clerics (!) called for revenge murders, following which the Christian families fled. But this was voluntary? A whole new definition of voluntary. The Brotherhood presidency has made itself perfectly clear again, just as it did when it released Islamists guilty of murder, including of Christians, in the 90s, and when it tried to appoint Ibrahim, the violence-organizing Salafist, as Minister of religious endowments. Samantha Criscione
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Samantha Criscione
05-08-2012 12:02am
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A horrific statement, delivered with a sickly smile
Unbelievable. He admits they feared future violence. Reports from Coptic sources say that the family of the tragic burn victim, and unnamed clerics (!) called for revenge murders, following which the Christian families fled. But this was voluntary? A whole new definition of voluntary. The Brotherhood presidency has made itself perfectly clear again, just as it did when it released Islamists guilty of murder, including of Christians, in the 90s, and when it tried to appoint Ibrahim, the violence-organizing Salafist, as Minister of religious endowments. Samantha Criscione
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expat
04-08-2012 09:05pm
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nonsense
this is utter nonsense and the world knows it!!!
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