Australian Copts Boycott Local Revolution Party – Endorse protests

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The fabric of Egypt’s political garments may have altered, however the ideals of democracy and equality espoused by Egypt’s original revolutionaries have not.

 

 

It is the country’s ability to progress that we need to focus on as we draw near to the first Anniversary of Egypt’s 2011 revolution – a year after we witnessed escalating oppression against the Egyptian people and a major spark in attacks on Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority.

The ultimate aim of the hundreds of Egyptians who died for this cause this time last year was to rid the nation of tyranny at its very core. The fight and struggle for freedom, justice and equality is yet to be achieved come the anniversary of 25 January 2011.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’ (SCAF) reign of terror on the great people of Egypt, utilizing the same mentality evident under Mubarak’s despotic regime, isn’t only criminal, but goes against the very aims of the Egyptian Revolution.  SCAF’s stranglehold on the nation is seen as a more brutal extension of previous regime.

The only period of stability in Egypt occurred during the SCAF staged parliamentary elections that proceeded hastily and with the miraculous absence of ‘thugs’ and so called ‘hidden hands’. The elections ushered in Islamists who took 70% of the vote in an election that was far from ‘free and fair’ as reported by many commentators.

The backdrop of Egypt’s uprising against tyranny came with the bombing of the Two Saints Church in Alexandria on New Year’s Day where 27 men, women and children perished for what they believed in, an act orchestrated by the regime now deposed.  Egypt’s Military Junta continues to persecute the very citizens it is meant to protect, and attacks against pro democracy protestors and Coptic Christians have continued unabated, yet SCAF has reportedly overseen Military trials of thousands of civilians.

SCAF’s attempts to show the world that the Revolution has been a ‘success’ by inviting the world to join the celebrations is even more insulting when one recalls the recent ‘Maspero massacre’ of 9 October 2011, which left 27 Coptic Christians dead and continued the brutal repression against protesters in Tahrir Square and elsewhere.

The Australian Coptic Movement (ACM) renounces all invitations to join such celebrations.

The ACM calls on all Australians and the world to shun and counteract those who do not wish to see Egyptians progress on the principles and foundations of liberty, freedom and equality and to use 25 January 2012 as the day it was intended one year ago – a continuation of the fight for freedom, equality and justice for all Egyptians.

The revolution, as far as we know it, is not over – it is still continuing. The Egyptian Association for Change – Australia (EAC-Aus) and other associations are staging two rallies outside the Egyptian Consulate in Sydney on 21st January 2012 between 12.30pm and 2.00pm  and again on the 25th January 2012 between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.  For further information about these rallies please contact Mr Sam Manour on 0400-446-611.

In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with the injured, imprisoned and the families of those who lost loved ones during the revolution and throughout 2011.

Peter Tadros

The Australian Coptic Movement

Sydney, Australia

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