Over 100 Coptic Christian Teenagers Arrested in Egypt

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Egypt’s atrocities can’t be hidden forever

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Egyptian Coptic Christians marched in Melbourne in 2006 in protest against persecution by Muslims. The community will hold marches in Sydney and Melbourne today after the Christmas massacre of Christians.

Egyptian Coptic Christians marched in Melbourne in 2006 in protest against persecution by Muslims. The community will hold marches in Sydney and Melbourne today after the Christmas massacre of Christians

This is taking place amidst Egypt attacking ‘campaign of aggression’ against migrants in Italy and asking the Italian government to “take the necessary measures” to protect Arab and Muslim minorities.

Egypt (AINA) — Egyptian State Security has intensified its intimidation of the Coptic Church and Christians in Nag Hammadi, and neighboring Bahgoura, by carrying out random arrests of Christian youth. The campaign against Christians started on Friday January 7, 2010 and is continuing; multiple members of families have been arrested without warrants. Most arrests are being carried at dawn. More than one hundred Christian youth have been arrested without charge.

Arrests of Copts after every sedition is the usual scenario as a pressure card in the hands of State Security to force the church and Copts to accept “reconciliation”, in which Coptic victims give up all criminal and civil charges against the perpetrators. Because of the reaction in Egypt and worldwide to the shootings and the role of the State Security, Bishop Kyrollos was asked issue statements downplaying the negligence of State Security. It is believed the arrests of the Coptic youth is a pressure tactic to force him to recant his accusations.     More…

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