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Following sectarian clashes in Giza, demonstrators protest 'forced migration of Copts'

Coptic groups stage protest after coptic homes burned, reports 120 families were expelled, in Dahshour, Giza as angry crowds attempted to 'avenge' the death of Muslim man in a personal brawl with a Copt

Ahram Online, Thursday 2 Aug 2012
Post the sectarian clashes in Dahshour on Wednesday (Photo: Ahram Gate)
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Hundreds of demonstrators on Wednesday evening converged on Egypt's Presidential Palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district to protest sectarian clashes that took place in the town of Dahshour, Giza, south of the capital, earlier the same day.

Demonstrators also protested against the alleged forced migration of Coptic-Christian families from the town in the aftermath of the clashes.

The Maspero Youth Union, a revolutionary group that defends Coptic rights, released a statement following the Dahshour clashes alleging that 120 Coptic families had since been expelled from the area.  

Protesters carried banners reading, "No to the forced migration of Dahshour's Copts" and "Down with the rule of the Supreme Guide," the latter being a reference to the leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

The demonstration was attended by members of several Coptic movements, including the Maspero Youth Coalition and Copts for Egypt, along with a number of Coptic residents of Dahshour.

Ealier on Wednesday morning, nine people, including Director of Criminal Investigations of Giza Security Directorate Mahmoud Farouk, were injured in clashes between tens of Muslims and Copts in the village of Dahshour, Giza.

The clashes were a continuation of clashes that had erupted last Thursday initiated by a random fight between a Muslim and a Copt.

The fight escalated drawing more people, and left one Muslim, Moaz Mohamed Mohamed, seriously wounded.

Clashes were renewed early Wednesday when Mohamed died. Several houses belonging to Christian residents in addition to two businesses in the town were burned down by crowds angered by Mohamed's death.

Security forces interfered when reportedly Muslim and Christians faced off and started shooting gunfire and throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at one another in clashes that left nine people injured.

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

Three central security trucks were set ablaze, three police officers and thirteen soldiers were injured in the Church clashes according to Ahram.

Investigations revealed that the fight that had erupted a week when a Copt, who irons clothes for a living, and one of his Muslim customers, became entangled in a brawl after the Copt had accidently burned the latter's shirt.

A special security team was appointed to secure Mary Guirguis Church and Copts' homes in the village.

The last major sectarian clashes that erupted in Egypt took place in May 2011. 

At least twelve people were killed and 186 injured in Imbaba, Giza, in fights between Muslims and Copts due to a controversy over allegations made by some Salafists a Christian woman had been abducted by the Coptic Church and held against her will after she reportedly converted to Islam. Those reports were refuted by the woman later.

Forced migration of Copts has also been reported in the past, following sectarian clashes over the past two years. The most recent example of the forced migration of Copts was reported to have taken place in January of this year in the town of Ameriya in Alexandria.
 

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daniella
02-08-2012 01:13pm
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shirt
Hi Azzam, do you feel its normal and intelligent and religious and according to the purpose of islam and the holy month of ramadan to attack people because they burn your shirt, so burning a shirt allows muslims to burn houses, yeah go on dreaming ya Azzam. This newspaper takes the site of the attacked and that is quite right, im proud of you al ahram, and i am a muslim too. Peace.
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Neter
02-08-2012 10:12am
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Forced Expulsion of 120 families - Disgraceful
Something has gone very wrong for a very long time with the education system in Egypt for people to resort to treating one another in such a manner. Obviously the message that Islam is a religion of peace does not seem to have registered with these people. Unless an entirely different message is being propagated. Waiting for the President to give his take, if he does not make a stand for justice now, then it is quite obvious that no number of revolutions will succeed without a major overhaul of the education system. These are very critical times for Islam as a religion. The Sunni-Shiite bloodbaths in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon,Saudi and Yemen attest to the fact that Muslims have to start asking themselves some very difficult questions about what kind of message Muslims actually want to send out to the world about Islam. That these Muslim - Coptic clashes have happened during Ramadan is very sad indeed. Surely they were supposed to focus on fasting, not expelling people from their homes and l
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AZZAM
02-08-2012 01:32am
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the murder of a Muslim in the month of Ramadan
It seems this site is more worried about the "rights" of th Copts than the murder of a Muslim by a Copt. Is this a Coptc newspapeer?
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tony
04-08-2012 12:59pm
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So, those Muslim individuals have alot of stamina to burn down hoses and busineses, how come.I am Muslim and fasting... Oh, you as A MUSLIM YOU GOING TO ATTAK SOME IDIOT MAKWAGI BECAUSE HE BURN YOUR SHIRT? WHAT KIND OF MUSLIM??such a shame ...Religion with manipulation.
dina
02-08-2012 03:56pm
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muslim killed
And even thought it shouldn't matter, but to you it probably does, I AM a Muslim saying this.
Dina
02-08-2012 11:55am
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muslim killed
The death of an Egyptian in these senseless clashes is tragic, regardless of whether he is Muslim or Christian. But let's be honest, the reason these clashes started is because the Muslim side attacked the Christian man's home in an attempt to hurt him and burn his house. The reason for all of this is because the Christian laundry owner accidentally burned the man's shirt. I don't care if he even did it on purpose; a burned shirt is no reason to start violence or threaten someone else. This is part of the ignorance of these people, and it is a shame this is occurring at all, let alone in the month of Ramadan. So when this Christian man was threatened, he fought back and people started throwing fire bombs at each other and the Muslim bystander got killed. Yes, this is very sad, but in all honesty, the Muslims started it, which is the usual case in Egypt, and they are the ones that let it escalate by coming back after the man's death, and trying to burn and loot Christian homes and store
Neter
02-08-2012 10:58am
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Are you able to reason correctly?
This started because a shirt was ironed badly accidentally! The death took place as a result of mutual clashes. The end result was the expulsion of 120 families! I wonder what your comments after Maspero were!
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expat
01-08-2012 11:40pm
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"good" news from the prophets followers
i find it fun to read all this titbits,which surely show,that this revolution was spoiled three days after its beginning by the mighty hand of the MB AND,the MB would suffer,together with the mayority of this country(give or take 90%)if more neutral news of this sectarian killings/fightings/troubles,which are sooo new to egypt would emerge on the monitor of the worlds press after that,your loans,bargains and tourists are toast,together with your profits wonder since feb 2011,if anyone realises this expat
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