AFRICA/EGYPT - Hundreds of Copts at the pro-Sisi demonstration outside the UN headquarters

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 politics   international politics   oriental churches

New York (Agenzia Fides) - Hundreds of Copts attended the demonstration convened on Tuesday, September 20 in front of the headquarters of the United Nations to show their support for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi on the occasion of the intervention carried out by the Head of State at the 71st session of the UN general Assembly. The number of participants at the demonstration was presented as a success by members of the Egyptian Copts living in the US. Shafiq Potros, Vice President of the Coptic Assembly of America - organization linked to the Egyptian Coptic community emigrated in North America - pointed out that, unlike what happened in the past, al Sisi’s trip to the US was not marked by protests by Egyptians linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.
In recent days (see Fides 19/9/2016) Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II had issued a message to invite the Egyptian Copts to offer a warm welcome to the Egyptian President during his trip to New York. Meanwhile, 84 intellectuals and professional Copts, including some activists of organizations engaged in the affirmation of civil rights, signed and released a letter criticizing the direct involvement of the Churches present in Egypt in the pro-Sisi mobilization campaigns, denouncing the direct interventions of institutions and religious hierarchies in matters affecting the political balance of the Country as "serious". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 21/09/2016)