Canadians protest against persecution of their coreligionists in Egypt
-- Coptic Christians and their supporters will demonstrate on Parliament Hill at
12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, 2008 against the Egyptian government for
continuing to allow criminal elements to wage regular attacks on Egyptian Copts
and their properties.
demonstrators from Montreal and Toronto will join with Ottawa Copts for the
peaceful demonstration organized by the Canadian Coptic Association. From
Parliament Hill, the demonstrators will march at 2:00 p.m. to the Egyptian
Embassy at 454 Laurier Avenue East to continue their protest.
Copts all over
the world are outraged by the recent barbaric machine-gun attack on the
monastery of Abu Fana in Upper Egypt. Some monks were kidnapped, asked to
confess Islam and insult the Cross, and were brutally tortured. They were
released 12 hours later with broken bones and other injuries; later the monks
were refused treatment in the government hospital. The damage to the monastery
and its church was estimated at 1 million pounds.
incidents occurred in a two-week period, from killing four Copts in a jeweler's
shop in Cairo by shooting from a passing motorcycle, to robbing another
jeweler's shop owned by a Copt in Alexandria at knife point.
mysterious car accident with a bus carrying 30 Copts in Beni-Sweif, 12 young
people were killed. The monastery of Archangel Michael in Dar El-Salam, Suhag
was set on fire. Christian homes and businesses were attacked in Fayoum, and St.
Mary's ancient church in Sakha, Kafr El-Sheikh was torched.
Christian church is the world's oldest church, founded by St Mark, who wrote the
Gospel of Mark, between A.D, 42 and A.D 62. Based in Alexandria, the church has
an estimated 15 million members around the world, including 50 thousands in