Egyptian Christians mark first anniversary of New Years' massacre

world | Dec 31, 2011 | By Martin Barillas

Church mural spattered with victims' blood, Alexandria, Egypt.

 One year ago this evening Egypt was rocked by an explosion in Alexandria, killing twenty-one and injuring over 170, at the Two Saints’ Church in the Sîdî Bishr neighborhood. One year before that, at Coptic Christmas on January 7, six Christians were killed along with a Muslim security guard at a church in Naj' Hamâdî, in the governorate of Qena, when a Muslim opened fire as they exited following Mass.

Since then, even while Egyptian Muslims and Christians together brought down the decades-long dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak, Christians have been targetted for persecution, ostensibly by dissident Muslim groups. In November, a peaceful demonstration by Egyptian Christians denouncing their mistreatment ended in bloodshed as security forces opened fire on protesters and crushing others under the wheels of armoured vehicles. 


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.