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Muslim Brotherhood to protect churches on Coptic Christmas
Brotherhood vows to form 'popular committees' to guard churches on Coptic Christmas in expression of national unity
Ahram Online , Wednesday 28 Dec 2011
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Muslim Brotherhood's Mahmoud Ezzat (Photo: Internet)

The Muslim Brotherhood has called on Egypt’s ruling military ‎council to provide security for Christian churches during Coptic ‎Christmas celebrations on 7 January as it did for polling stations ‎during the first two rounds of parliamentary elections.‎

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the group also promised ‎to draw up “popular committees” to help protect churches ‎against "iniquitous hands" that might attempt to spoil Christmas ‎celebrations as happened more than once under "the corrupt ‎regime" of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.‎

Almost one year ago, on New Year’s Eve, more than 20 Coptic ‎Christians were killed when a bomb exploded outside a church ‎in Alexandria. One year earlier, on 6 January, eight Copts were ‎killed outside a church in the Upper Egyptian city of Naga ‎Hammadi.‎

In January of this year, only weeks before the popular uprising ‎that culminated in Mubarak’s ouster, Muslim activists formed ‎human shields around churches on Coptic Christmas in an ‎expression of national unity. ‎

In its Wednesday statement, the Muslim Brotherhood also ‎announced that a delegation headed by leading group member ‎Mahmoud Ezzat would attend Christmas mass.‎

Unlike western Christmas, which falls on 25 December, Coptic ‎Christmas is celebrated on 7 January. ‎





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Sammy-USA
29-12-2011 07:20am
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Stop blaming and ACT!
The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) should stop issuing statements and ACT. MB should stop blaming the Government. MB should stop waiting for the government to protect Churches. MB should denounce and reject any attacks on Churches. MB should guard churches themselves IF they are really serious about unity.
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