Video: Procession of the Martyrs
The funeral of the two Coptic martyrs in Udayssat, Luxor
Mr. Kamal Shakir
The Coptic child Guirgis Shehata who died out of fear and terror of the Muslim rampage against the Copts in Udayssat
Click here to watch the procession (Courtesy of the US Copts association)
The Coptic crowd in the procession are chanting Kiriya Eliyson "Lord Have Mercy"
Copts held the funeral at the unlicensed church , which appears to be a sign of protest against Egypt’s 150-year-old Hamayouni law that governs the building and basic upkeep of non-Muslim places of worship.
The legislation creates unequal treatment of mosque and church construction, and Copts complain that it has been abused to stifle Christian activity.
The problem of unregistered place of worship in Udaysaat is not isolated. “Most of the churches in Upper Egypt are unlicensed,” Sidhom- Editor of Watani newspaper commented to Compass.
Many churches, such as St. George’s in the Sohag province, have had their applications for official registration stalled for years by government officials.
The Coptic congregation in the village of Bani Khalid has been unsuccessfully applying for church registration since authorities closed down the church building in 1990.
St. Mary's church, in the east side of Mallawi, El Minia province has been closed since 1986 depriving over 25000 local Copts from their right of worship. All Coptic calls on the Egyptian government to reopen the church have fallen on deaf ears.