How Al BeBeeCeera Spins the Genocide of Copts in Egypt

BBC clip on the events of Oct 9 Cairo 2011

‘Sectarian violence is nothing new here’-

The tool from the Beep visits a hospital where his minders show him a soldier who claims he was shot by Coptic Christians, ‘we were there to protect them, but they betrayed us, these Christians are sons of a dog’……

Thanks to Vlad Tepes for making this clip available:


The Big Whitewash of the Massacre Continues:

True to form, Egypt’s military regime has been busily playing up “foreign hands” and “agents,” playing to already rampant public paranoia (often laced with antisemitism) to manipulate the population. Note also that the Muslim Brotherhood is using the occasion to agitate for expedited elections, which will only benefit them by denying newer groups the time to organize and campaign.

More on this story. “Inside Cairo’s Riots: The Egyptian Junta’s True Colors,” by Rania Abouzeid for Time, October 10 via JW:

The dead were buried on Monday, more than two dozen Christian Egyptian protesters mowed down by their own military, an army that had won praise back in February for refusing to turn its weapons on demonstrators. After Sunday night’s violence, which left 24 dead and more than 270 wounded, according to the Egyptian Health Ministry, the Arab Spring seems a long time ago. A military council led by Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi is now in charge of Egypt, and it is resurrecting many of the tactics of deposed President Hosni Mubarak to instill fear and keep the citizenry in line, like using state TV to spread sectarian suspicion and conspiratorial talk of “foreign hands” sowing internal discord.

Sunday’s march in Cairo by Coptic Christians — with a fair smattering of sympathetic Muslim participation as well — started out as a peaceful protest against the recent burning of a church by ultraconservative Muslims and the perceived lackadaisical response by the ruling military junta to a spate of anti-Christian attacks since Mubarak’s ouster. Events rapidly devolved into chaos, with live ammunition fired, clouds of tear gas released and protesters crushed and killed by military vehicles that reportedly rammed into them. Some protesters responded by throwing rocks.

State TV had another narrative: a violent mob of Christians sparked the melee by attacking the military, killing several soldiers. Breathless anchors urged “honorable” citizens to head down along the Nile to the national media building at Maspero to help soldiers defend themselves and public property. The clashes reignited on Monday, when Christians pelted security forces with rocks outside the Cairo hospital where the bodies of victims were taken the previous night. The Coptic church on Monday disputed state TV’s claims, saying there was no evidence that Christian protesters shot at soldiers. Church officials called for a three-day fast to protest the events.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Essam el-Erian condemns the violence, telling TIMEthat this is a critical period for the country, a “time for solidarity, to implement a state of law, and to make reconciliation between all sections of society.”

Egypt’s Christians, who make up about 10% of the country’s 80 million or so people, have watched warily as Salafists and other ultraconservative Muslims, long kept underfoot by Mubarak, have begun exercising their political rights — and influence — in the wake of the February revolution. At 8 million or so, Egypt’s Copts are easily one of the biggest Christian communities in the Middle East, but unlike the much smaller Christian population in Lebanon, for example, they lack political muscle. (Lebanon is the only country in the Middle East with a Christian head of state mandated by political consensus.)

It’s a trying period for the Middle East’s dwindling Christian communities as secular pan-Arab, anti-Islamist regimes fall by the wayside and leave political vacuums in their place. The precedent of Iraq looms large. There were some 800,000 Christians in the country before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 toppled Saddam Hussein. Since then, hundreds of thousands have fled the war-ravaged state. In majority-Sunni Syria, the minority Christians have largely sided with Bashar Assad’s brutal regime in public, fearful of what may follow it, although many prominent Christians are also part of the opposition. “This is a dangerous period, one that will determine in which direction the country is going,” says Emad Gad, a Copt and leader of the Egyptian Social Democratic party. “Are we taking the first steps toward creating a real state or are we going toward sectarian conflict and war?”

Sunday’s violence in Cairo has significance beyond the country’s religious divisions. This is a wider conflict in which Egyptians of all religions are turning against a military regime that just eight months ago was hailed for ensuring a peaceful transfer of power after Mubarak was forced from office. The fruits of Egypt’s revolution have yet to be savored by millions who hoped a quick revolution would bring even quicker economic, social and political benefits. The economy has slumped, and the generals — who initially pledged to hand back power to a civilian administration in six months — seem increasingly comfortable at the helm. Their recently announced electoral timetable would keep them in charge until presidential elections in 2013, much to the ire of many. “I don’t think we’ll have elections at all,” Gad says, echoing a sentiment relayed on Twitter and other social media. “I think that the army let the violence happen so that it could cancel the elections and remain in power.”

The Brotherhood’s el-Erian warns against any delay to the elections. “We cannot move forward without elections,” he tells TIME. “We can overcome all of these trials with solidarity and national consensus … The people are waiting for elections and to have a new system.”

Winter is coming:

As the exuberance of Arab Spring becomes a faraway memory in the Middle East, a counterrevolution is gaining ground, exploiting the sectarianism that power brokers in the region have long used to keep their populations at bay. Will Egyptians and other Arabs see through it? Or will they be sucked into its vortex? What happens next on Cairo’s streets will be critical.

2 thoughts on “How Al BeBeeCeera Spins the Genocide of Copts in Egypt”

  1. Raymond Ibrahim: Egypt’s Massacre of Christians — What the Media Does Not Want You To Know

    On Hudson NY (via I compiled the latest evidence concerning the Maspero Massacre (links in original):

    Western media coverage of the recent massacre of Coptic Christians in Cairo, Egypt—in which the military killed dozens of Christians and injured some 300—was, as discussed earlier, deplorable. It merely repeated the false propaganda of the complicit state-run media, without checking facts. Since then, further proofs of the lies and brutality surrounding the massacre have emerged; they are compiled in the following report which consists of facts and videos from Arabic sources—many of which have not appeared in the Western media.
    This report documents: 1) the activities of the Supreme Military Council of Egypt and de facto ruler; 2) the lies and duplicitous tactics of both the Military Council and its media mouthpiece, Egyptian TV; and 3) the anti-Christian sentiment pervading all aspects of this incident.

    The Egyptian Military

    Along with a new report by Magdi Khalil asserting that the day before the planned march, a “death squad” of snipers hid atop buildings and shot at protesters, armored vehicles intentionally chased after and ran over protesters, killing and mutilating many:

    Here is perhaps the clearest video; it shows a high-speed armored vehicle willfully plowing over unsuspecting Christian demonstrators.

    This video shows another armored vehicle chasing protesters, and a soldier opening fire into the fleeing crowds.

    This video shows high-speed armored cars running amok in the middle of the crowds, including chasing protesters on the curb, as well as soldiers beating protesters.

    As for eyewitness testimonies attesting to the brutality of the massacre, they are many, and include Muslims.

    The Tactics of the Military Council ( or “War is Deceit”)

    After the incident and notwithstanding crushing evidence, Egypt’s Military Council held a news conference wherein senior official, Mahmoud Hegazy, spun lie after lie: he stated that the military would “never, never” run over civilians; that the very idea was “impossible, impossible!” and “Shame on those who accuse the Egyptian military of such things!… Never has our military run over a single person, not even when combating the Enemy [Israel].”…

    Read it all.

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