Friday, April 22, 2011

Egypt’s Muslims to act as human shields to protect Coptic Easter prayers

(Ahram Online) - Fearing that Egypt's Coptic community may be at risk as sectarian tensions grow, Muslims plan to act as human shields during Easter prayers.

Several Facebook groups and event invitations have been circulating calling on Muslims to head to churches on Saturday and Sunday to act as human shields for Coptic prayers during Easter holidays.

Solidarity in front of a Heliopolis Church
Solidarity in front of a Heliopolis Church on January 7 following
attacks targeting Two Saints Church on New Year's Eve.
Considering the latest sectarian tensions and hate speech that have hit the country, especially after the mass demonstrations witnessed at Qena demanding the resignation of the governor for being a Christian, many fear that Egypt’s Coptic community may be at risk.

Muslims have before turned up in droves for the Coptic Christmas mass, offering their bodies and lives as “shields” to protect Egypt’s Christian community following the terror attacks that struck the country on New Year’s Eve, targeting the Two Saints Church in Alexandria and leaving 21 dead.

Similarly, durign Egypt's revolution, Christians in Tahrir Square acted as human shields to protecting praying Muslims as the demonstrators were threatened by attacks from pro-regime thugs and snipers.