Muslim supremacists must stop killing non-Muslims (and moderates). This is not complicated. We don't need imam Rauf to explain the nuances of genocide. Good people of the world have got to take a stand. Where is the worldwide rage? Where is the outcry?
Egyptian Security Used Live Ammunition on Christian Coptic Protesters, 4 Killed AINA News Org. hat tip Zaky
(AINA) -- Christian Copts worldwide were shocked and enraged at the use of live ammunition by Egyptian state security forces against unarmed Coptic protesters, causing the death of three Coptic young men. A four-year old child suffocated from tear gas thrown inside the chapel. Rights groups inside and outside of Egypt have condemned the use of excessive violence by security forces and the use of live ammunition against Coptic demonstrators.
Efforts by State Security to hide the use of firearms on unarmed protesters were in vain, as the rising death toll, hospital reports on those admitted, and video footage and eyewitness testimony have revealed the details of the incident. Coptic activists Sherif Ramzy and Ramy Kamel have conducted interviews with witnesses.
CSW Advocacy Director Andrew Johnston blamed the violence on "excessive" police tactics and expressed his sadness at the "unnecessary" loss of life and injuries.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) said that the events are a serious escalation in the State's treatment of its Christian citizens. "We're not talking about social violence occasioned by the construction of a church, but rather security forces opening fire on protesters demanding their constitutional right to worship without arbitrary interference or discrimination," said Hossam Bahgat, EIPR's Executive Director. "Even assuming Copts in the area wanted to convert a services building into a church for worship, that does not justify this degree of police violence. Demonstrators should not be shot at for violating building codes". EIPR called on the Public Prosecutor to prosecute the security personnel responsible for the deaths and injury of Christians.
Hany el Gezeyri, head of Copts for Egypt, denounced the use of live ammunition, adding that he is concerned "whether the discrimination of the state against the Copts became an official persecution or is this a way to terrorize Copts so that they keep silent?"
Attorney Maged Hanna said that apart from the Copts, he is not aware of any incident in Egypt where live ammunition was fired against unarmed protesters, adding "this is a State terrorizing its citizens."
The official figures of the incident were 2 death, 67 wounded and 170 Copts arrested. However, the Coptic Youth Front said in a statement that more than 300 people were wounded and over 1000 detained, including women. Accoring to the statement, many wounded refrained from going to hospital for treatment for fear of being arrested.
International Coptic lawyer Dr. Awad Chafik said that the number of detainees is enormous, but because Coptic families are hiding for fear of further arrests, it is difficult to get the correct numbers.
Wagih Yacoub, a human rights activists, complained about the treatment of the wounded. "They were shackled to their hospital beds and then sent to detention camps."
The same view is held by activist Magdy Khalil, who believes that the State dealings with the Egyptian Copts has evolved from discrimination to persecution to participation (directly or indirectly) in most of the crimes against them, to the stage of practicing 'State Terrorism' against a peaceful minority seeking to exercise their natural rights in prayer and worship."