Government and opposition members of parliament yesterday joined more than 1,000 Coptic Christians rallying in Sydney to deplore violence against their minority community in Egypt.A clash in Cairo on October 9 left 27 dead, some allegedly run over by army tanks. There are around 10mn Christians among the 81mn Egyptians.
Australia’s opposition Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott reportedly told the crowd that “it’s an outrage what has happened to your community, it is an outrage which should cry out to heaven for rectification”.
“May the people of Egypt come to see the tragedy the other week not just as a crime against Christians but as a crime against Islam too – no true religion can contemplate this kind of horror,” Abbott was quoted as saying by the AAP news agency.
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen, also addressed the crowd, urging the authorities in Egypt to intercede.
“We stand with you… we share your grief, we share your upset, we share your concerns,” Bowen was quoted as saying.
“All members of the Egyptian community, be they Coptic or non-Coptic, should be able to look to the government of Egypt and the army of Egypt in times of trouble for protection.”