Egypt’s Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas for the first time since Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Mursi came to power.
The minority group mark the holy event against the backdrop of a newly-finalised constitution without input from liberal and Christian members of the assembley after they walked out in protest.
It is also the first Christmas in charge for Pope Tawadros II – ordained in mid-November.
Many of Egypt’s Coptic Christians are worried about the future, according to Youssef Sidhom, Editor-in-chief at Coptic Christian Egyptian weekly newspaper Watani.
“Copts have many concerns and worries about what hidden intentions lie between the lines in the constitution and what are they going to be expecting as legislation that may change their lives,” he said.
Even before the ousting of former president Hosni Mubarak, 21 people were killed in a church in Alexandria on January 1, 2011. Al Qaeda was blamed for the attack.
The fear is that Christians, who make up about 10 percent of the population, could now face more attacks and discrimination.
Copyright © 2013 euronewsMore about:
- 1Mandela Memorial Sign Language Interpreter a ‘Fraud’
- 2Uruguay makes history by legalising entire marijuana market
- 3Topless FEMEN protesters storm German football TV show
- 4Putin’s state of the nation address: “we are not trying to be a superpower”
- 5Ukraine’s deputy prime minister in talks with EU commissioner
- 1Uruguay makes history by legalising entire marijuana market
- 2Mandela Memorial Sign Language Interpreter a ‘Fraud’
- 3Riot police raid Kyiv’s central square
- 4What’s God got to do with it?, asks Nobel Prize in Physics winner
- 5Italy: ‘Pitchfork protesters’ disrupt road and rail travel in protest at state of economy
- 01:16 CET U.N. confirms chemical arms were used repeatedly in Syria
- 01:01 CET Central African Republic humanitarian crisis mounts even as…
- 00:58 CET Guinea opposition says will sit in Assembly despite poll dispute
- 00:08 CET Tunisia’s Islamists and opposition reach deal on premier
- 23:23 CET Biden, Japan PM Abe discuss East China Sea dispute
- 22:24 CET White House bid to hold off Iran sanctions gains backing
- 21:15 CET U.S. vows support for Syrian opposition despite troubles
- 21:05 CET Mafia death threat shows Italy still haunted by 1992 murders