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9th December 2004
Honorary President: Lord David Alton
For immediate release
the 3rd of December 2004 at about 7pm, large number of Muslim
fundamentalist attacked Christian properties in Mankateen
village, Minya district in
The attack seems to have been well organised, most of the perpetrators come from outside the village which makes recognition very difficult; the perpetrators conducted their meetings in “El-Gam’ eeiah El-Sharee’iah”, a well known Islamic fundamentalist centre. The police when arrived about one hour later arrested large number of young people mainly teenagers who were not active perpetrators.
Also in Assiut province, Upper Egypt where a sizable Christian minority live, Mohammed Abdel-Mohsen Saleh the local Representative of The National Democratic Party, was found abusing his official position in the government party which he occupied for 25 years, in collaboration with the local police who arrested, threatened and coerced local Christians to convert to Islam by using devious means of fabricating evidence, arresting and charging over 20 local Christians and offering them pardon if they convert to Islam otherwise they have to face legal sequences which is usually imprisonment for crimes they never committed who under duress converted to Islam but later complained to the local priest.
UK Coptic Association witnessing the extreme hardship and organised persecution the Christians of Egypt are facing, ranging from restriction on building churches to depriving Christians from promotion to higher government position to outright insults, abuse and cursing their religion Christians are facing in the streets on daily basis, is the responsibility of the Egyptian government who by appeasing and encouraging Islamic fundamentalism, Egypt has become a breeding ground for fundamentalists and terrorists.
UK Coptic Association demands that the Egyptian government takes real steps in providing security and protection to its Christian citizens, curb the rise in Islamic fundamentalism and treat all Egyptians equally
Dr Helmy Guirguis MD, President