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Tony Gamal Gabriel

After Maspero: Have Egypt's Christians Reconciled With The Military?

[4 February 2011, Egyptians demonstrating unity between Muslims and Copts during the 25 January uprisings. Image originally posted to Flickr by Takver]

Fear of Islamist rule has driven many Christians to embrace the army, but some cannot forget the killing of dozens of Christian protesters at Maspero on 9 October 2011. As Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III praised Egypt’s military rulers at Christmas mass in January 2012, Christian youth chanted “down with military rule” from the back of the Cathedral. Sitting in the first row were several members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which had taken power ...

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