Sunday, August 23, 2009

Exclusive Report and Pictures on the Coptic Protest in Washington, DC on August 18, 2009

Read the report from the Coptic Protest in Washington, DC. Click Here.* (Arabic only, English version coming soon).

More pictures from the protest. Click here to view.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

All Kidnapped Coptic Women Must be Returned to their Families Immediately

Ever since Hosni Mubarak became President of Egypt in 1981, over 500,000 Coptic girls and women have been kidnapped, drugged, and raped by their Muslim captors. A large portion of those kidnapped women were stripped of their kidneys and other internal organs. Those organs were then used to treat Muslim patients.

Economic strangulation placed upon the Copts by the Mubarak Regime has forced many women to become prostitutes or convert to Islam to support their families. Many who refuse are kidnapped, raped, drugged, and murdered. The Mubarak Regime continues to downplay these claims as “false.”

Many of the churches attended by the kidnapped women are attacked and burned to the ground. The churches of those who speak out against the oppression of the Copts are also destroyed.

The American Coptic Union demands that all kidnapped Coptic women must be returned to their respective families immediately. We call upon the United States and the Obama Administration to also demand the release of the kidnapped women.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Copts, in a show of strength, reject Shenouda’s call to cancel Protest

Dr. Ashraf Ramllah, leader of the Coptic organization Voice of the Copts, has rejected Pope Shenouda’s call to cancel the protest against President Hosni Mubarak.

Led by the Coptic Coalition and other Coptic Organizations, the protest lands on the day President Mubarak is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama. The Copts are protesting the Mubarak Regime’s raping and kidnapping of women, economic strangulation placed upon the Copts, killing of pigs, burning of churches, raids on Coptic villages, and massacres of the Coptic population.

Shenouda, Mubarak’s “greatest ally,” has called on the Copts to cancel the protest and “welcome” Mubarak to the United States. Why should the Copts welcome a man who has oppressed them for 28 years?

Shenouda’s call to cancel the protest is entirely against the interests of the Copts. The Copts are protesting to defend their rights as the native people of Egypt. Shenouda, the “supposed” leader of the Copts, rejects the protest. This protest will help raise awareness about the situation of the Copts and will allow the Obama Administration to take action against the Mubarak Regime. Shenouda, by rejecting the protest, does have the interests of the Copts at heart.

Source(s): Assyrian International News Agency

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More Treachery: Shenouda asks Copts not to Protest

In his most recent betrayal of the Coptic community, Pope Shenouda has asked the Copts to cancel the protest against President Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, August 18, 2009. The protest, led by the Coptic Coalition, is against the Mubarak Regime’s persecution and genocide of the Coptic Christians, the native people of Egypt.

Shenouda’s call to cancel the protest comes weeks after he expressed his support for Gamal Mubarak to succeed his father as President.  In a recent interview, he has suggested that Gamal Mubarak would be the “perfect candidate” for the job.

Shenouda’s opposition to the protest signifies his opposition to Coptic interests as a whole. By asking Copts to cancel the protest, he is showing his true colors. He does not support the Coptic people and sees nothing wrong with the status quo. He does not denounce the violence against the Coptic people, the kidnapping and raping of Coptic women, the killing of pigs, the burning of churches, the raids on Coptic villages, and the massacres against the Coptic population. So why does he ask the Copts to cancel a protest in favor of their own interests?

His recent comments reveal that he is not loyal to the Coptic Christians; rather, he is supportive of Mubarak’s terrorism against the Copts. Shenouda must stop this rhetoric at once. The protest will still go on.

Source(s): Los Angeles Times, Assyrian International News Agency

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Shenouda’s Support for Gamal Mubarak is Consistent with his past Treachery

With the health of current Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in question, Pope Shenouda voiced his support for Mubarak’s son, Gamal Mubarak.

Gamal Mubarak is considered to be the front-runner to succeed Hosni Mubarak as President. During Gamal Mubarak’s time in the political spotlight, he has supported his father in oppressing the Coptic Christians of Egypt. He has supported the raping and kidnapping of Coptic women, the economic strangulation placed upon the Copts, the killing of all pigs, numerous massacres against the Coptic population, the destruction of hundreds of churches, and hundreds of raids on Coptic villages. How can Shenouda, the “supposed” leader of the Copts, support this murderer?

Shenouda’s comments, however, are nothing new to the Coptic community. He has recently asked the Copts to cancel the protest against President Mubarak on August 18, 2009 and asked them to “welcome” Mubarak.

“Benedict” Shenouda’s support for Gamal Mubarak is entirely against the interest of the Copts; he is showing support for the murder and raping of the Coptic people. His treachery has jeopardized the Copts for too long and must be stopped now.

Source(s): Los Angeles Times

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Coptic Coalition Protest

On Tuesday, August 18, 2009, there will be a Coptic Coalition protest near the White House against Presiden't Mubarak's enthnic cleansing of the Coptic people. President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama that day.

Ever since President Mubarak took office in 1981, there have been many human rights atrocities against the native people of Egypt, the Copts. His regime has imposed Islamic law on the Copts which has resulted in many consequences for the Copts. There has been kidnapping and raping of women, forced conversion to Islam, extermination of the pigs of Coptic farmers, economic strangulation, and genocide since Mubarak took office. The American Coptic Union calls for an end to these atrocities; it must stop now.

We ask you all to join us to protest the tyranny of the Mubarak regime against the Copts.

When: Tuesday, August 18, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue (across the street from the Blair House).

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Coptic Coalition Conference at Marriott Hotel

On Monday, August, 17, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., there will be a Conference of the Coptic Coalition at the Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC. The organizations that will be present at this conference include the American Coptic Union (ACU), the National American Coptic Assembly (NACA), the Voice of the Copts, and the Coptic Media Center.

The goals of the meeting are to discuss the current state of the Coptic people and Egypt and what steps can be taken to stop the regime's genocide. Other topics include what President Obama is doing to support our cause, calls on the Egyptian government to release all kidnapped girls, and an end to the extermination of all pigs in Egypt.

Due to security reasons, e-mail for location information.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Coptic Coalition Press Conference

On Monday, August 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Coptic Coalition will host a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Key Speakers include Morris Sadek and Ashraf Ramllah.

This press conference comes a day before President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt is scheduled to meet with President Obama. The aim of the press conference is to discuss President Mubarak's crimes against humanity, genocide, ethnic cleansing, and human rights atrocities against the Copts, the native people of Egypt. Please join us in advocating for Coptic human rights and an end to Mubarak's tyranny.

Please see below for details:

Location: National Press Club 529 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20045
When: Monday, August 17, 2009 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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