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Coptic activist: Large number of Christians reject the coup

February 5, 2014 at 10:00 am

Coptic political analyst and founder of Anti-Coup Christians, Rami Jan has affirmed that there are many Christian Egyptians who reject the army’s bloody coup and its crimes and massacres committed against unarmed protesters.

Speaking to Al-Jazeera Jan said that, despite having many differences, a lot of Christians still support Mohammed Morsi. He affirmed that these Christians are against a military solution for the crisis, which has strengthened the power of the security forces over the people.

He severely criticised the army’s crackdown on those Egyptians refusing the coup. “Their only crime was that they took to the streets to peacefully express their refusal of the coup,” he said.

Jan added: “We are the grandsons of Makram Obaid, a Christian rebel in the middle of last century who denied the accusations against Hassan Al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, that he was a terrorist.”

He said that Obaid was the first one to take part in Al-Banna’s burial, defying strict measures imposed on taking part in that event.

Candidly, Jan criticised the stance of the Church in Egypt, which kept silent regarding the massacres carried out in Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda Squares, as well as the crimes committed later on.

He explained how this stance contradicted that of the Church regarding the killing of 18 Christians by military forces after January revolutions. The Church rejected the violence then, “However, we see that it is supporting the violence today,” he said.