Copts demonstrate in Alexandria.
Following the attacks on three Coptic churches in Alexandria on Friday, which resulted in the death of one Copt, and serious injury to others, a burial service was held today in “The Saints” church for Mr. Noshi Atalla Garas, the Copt who died after being stabbed by a knife carrying Moslem.
Tens of thousands of sad, angry Copts from Alexandria as well as other parts of Egypt gathered inside and outside the church. They carried loud speakers, wooden crosses, and large banners. Thousands started shouting“ Our souls and blood for the cross”, “Mubarek, Mubarek, where are you?”, “when will the persecution of the Copts stop?”,”We shall never leave Egypt, except for heaven”. One particular banner said” Minister of Health, is there a disease called madness of killing Copts?” This is in reference to the explanation given by government officials the murderer is “psychologically disturbed”.
When the coffin carrying the body of the deseased came out of the church, many men and women started crying, while the bells of all of Alexandria’s churches started ringing the tune of “Maryr” and people started singing sad hymns, instead of shouting slogans. This was followed by huge demonstrations in the area around the church expressing frustration and anger of thousands of Copts towards Mubarek, Islamic terrorism, and failure of the government to protect Copts.
The demonstrations were peaceful and no injuries were reported.