6 April Youth Movement says Copts receiving 'threats' nationwide

Ahram Online , Thursday 15 Aug 2013

Revolutionary group says that Christians in Beni Suef are being threatened with attacks on churches and their homes

The 6 April Youth Movement said on Thursday that Egyptian Christians had sent “calls for help” to the movement’s offices in a number of governorates after receiving threats against their homes and churches.

The 6 April Youth Movement (Ahmed Maher Front) said in a statement the threats come after the police on Wednesday dispersed two major sit-ins in Greater Cairo by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

The clashes between police and pro-Morsi protesters have left at least 500 dead and several thousand injured.

In the statement, the movement said they had received calls for help from Christians in Beni Suef governorate.

"ُThey received threats that churches would be torched today or tomorrow," the statement read, adding that there is no police or army presence in the streets of the governorate.

The movement has called on the interim government to boost the security presence across the country, apply the law, and arrest armed assailants to protect citizens regardless of their religious affiliation.

Churches across Egypt came under frenzied attack Wednesday after the sit-ins' dispersal.

Incensed by the bloody crackdown, Morsi loyalists orchestrated nationwide assaults on Christian targets, torching churches and homes and businesses owned by Christians throughout the country.

Governmental institutions and police stations have also been ransacked and torched during Wednesday's events.

Short link: