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Egyptian anti-sectarian group blames Morsi for Shia attacks

Egyptians Against Religious Discrimination denounce the lynching of four Shias in Giza on Sunday

Ahram Online , Monday 24 Jun 2013
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Shia cleric Hassan Shehata
Murdered Egyptian Shia cleric Hassan Shehata

The group Egyptians Against Religious Discrimination denounced on Monday the murder of four Shia Muslims and the injuring of eight other Shias in mob attacks in the village of Zawyat Abu Musalam in Giza.

The lynching of the Shias by hundreds of citizens of the village which took place on Sunday was, according to the group, unprecedented in modern Egyptian history.    

The group blames what they described as ''sectarian crimes'' on the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which President Mohamed Morsi hails, and their Salafist and ultra-conservative allies.

The group urged Egyptian citizens to beware of the “conspiracies forged against them in the dark.” They also emphasised the importance of taking to the streets and protesting on 30 June to “topple” the regime which, according to them, squandered all the values of citizenship rights and the rule of law.

According to the Egyptians Against Religious Discrimination group, the rising sectarian rhetoric culminated when Morsi gave a speech in a 'Syria Solidarity' conference and dubbed the struggle between the rebels and autocrat Syrian Bashar Al-Assad a sectarian struggle.

''The Egyptian 25 January revolution was an example in its peacefulness and equality between its citizens. Morsi just opened the door for sectarian strife between Egyptians,'' the group stated.

The Egyptian constitution, drafted and passed by national referendum during Morsi’s presidency, was described by the group as favouring one faith over others. The group stated that the constitution will lead to sectarian crimes and murders on the basis of identity.

The president’s office and Prime Minister Hisham Qandil released statements on Monday denouncing the killing of the four Shias.

An angry mob allegedly led by Salafist sheikhs torched houses of Shia residents in the small village of Zawyat Abu Musalam in Giza governorate Sunday afternoon, killing four citizens, including prominent Shia figure Hassan Shehata.

The attacks came after weeks of incitement by Salafist preachers, according to eyewitness Hazem Barakat.

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25-06-2013 10:25pm
I can now understand well Mr.Umar al Khattab from what their followers do, beheadings, eating liver and heart of dead soldiers,grabbing innocents to the streets and beat them to death,ETC
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25-06-2013 02:27am
what happens when govt cannot seperate church & state..
this is what happens when you have a government that does not seperate religion from governing...the current ruling regime was supposed to be a government for ALL PEOPLE of ALL RELIGIONS..and so far the only thing that the ruling regime has done is cause a very distinct line to be drawn between the different religions of can not run a country by one religions set of laws and expect nothing to far all morsi & the mb has done is divide Egyptians based on religious now not only do the christians & other non islamic Egyptians have to live in fear for their lives now its islam against islam...with extremists running the country this is what happens & the regime has only itself to blame...the blood of innocent Egyptian people is on their hands..they allow the hate mongers to keep right on preaching their hatred and nothing is done until its too late and people are killed...this could have been prevented & would not have happened if the government would be a fair government FOR ALL instead of placing one religious sect above all the others..
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24-06-2013 04:24pm
Why has the Presidency become a scapegoat for the failing of every Egyptian? No one wants to take personal responsibility any more? How is a president to knoow about such crimes before they happen, does he get psychic abilities when he becomes president? Nope! The problem is people need to start taking responsibility for their own actions.
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