tv Documentary RT August 4, 2013 7:29pm-8:01pm EDT
for eight hours demanding the government resign until police with shields smash their way through creating a narrow corridor through which the officials could escape now that sounds like exciting and visual news but why did you hear about it all over the mainstream press that's because it didn't happen in libya or egypt or any other exotic country but in good old vogue area right in the e.u. where u.s. and e.u. interests are best served by the status quo being maintained there was no need to hype up an intervention or kinetic action in bulgaria the only time you ever hear about the need for a crackdown in bulgaria as when a government there actually started working in bulgaria own interests and not the us desires but that's just my opinion.
and enjoy the intense a gypsy in heat next to the entrance it's unlikely that mina realizes his father was like a tia humble government employee was killed on this very roof. the sniper's bullet caught him in the chest on that april night of twenty thirty meters father was one of six christians who died sectarian violence. we were sitting here all together and dad went up to the roof to check on the church he wanted to know what was going on there and if he had to go and defend it or moderate then he went there twice the third time he left he didn't come back. he was brought back and lie down here. also written here on my arm i have an image of jesus christ i like it a lot i also have one of pope shenouda and the madonna.
every single tattoo is really important to me. the eldest son cross was short sleeved shirts to show off his tattoos openly displaying your affiliation to the christian minority in an islamic country can be seen as an act of defiance especially now when such tatoos might easily mark someone as a potential victim. an old fear it weaves its way through cairo's ancient streets early in the morning you know it's come up a priest of the archangel michael church is late for the first service. it starts at six in the morning too and. abel believers to pray before they go to
work sunday is not a day of rest in egypt. yeah. it. up the. well with people who come to the church today or are regular congregation they come here every sunday to pray. recently it has become very difficult to avoid discussions about politics and violence between christians and muslims and i don't want but i really beg our church goes nuts to turn the house of god into a place of arguments on the fourth because i do in regards to the religious conflicts of course we all worry about it not just the cops but the whole country does after the revolution and the overthrow of mubarak the church has been attacked about ten times. but i will still keep saying that the muslims are all brothers
who will follow. the cairo suburb of new sources similar to many of the capitals districts they will have a poor area of high rise buildings where cops and muslims live together. this neighborhood was quite peaceful until april of fifth two thousand and thirteen when two coptic teenagers painted a swastika on the wall of an islamic school. the muslims were ascended not by the nazi symbols but that it was him blazoned with a christian cross an angry mob started to gather near the church. at the time someone from the mosque behind the church came and told us there was some sort of fight he suggested that we all stay together all. christians gathered
around the church to defend. in about fifteen to twenty minutes i saw some cars people got out and started shooting all over the place there are still bullet holes outside on the church. people we saw were people falling down beaten by other people there were a lot of injured somebody also threw tear gas grenades. during the conflict almost all of the christian men the full source went to protect the church they barricaded the surrounding streets and boarded up all of the churches windows and doors. if there'd been no response to the shooting they would have broken into the church before six people were killed they were shot in the head of the heart because it means they were professionals let's be honest there are plenty of weapons in this country in the little they had silenced firearms which hardly make
a sound but they're still lethal. muckers kamil was shot during the attack his wife prefers to live with her relatives now because she's afraid to return to her apartment and close. by wanted to stop him but he says the house of god is on fire and have to go and defend it we were at home and could smell the tear gas because of the bombs the police were throwing their own houses quite far from the church but we could still smell it that is why my husband closed all the doors and windows to protect us from the slow whenever i tried to stop him but he said that the church was on fire after this he left. i got a call later they told me he had been shot in. the local cops asserting that the massacre was not started by their muslim neighbors but by foreign extremists too tough yet since the fall of mubarak's regime islamic radicals of all backgrounds
have been growing in strength the minute the reason for the hate is because of sheikhs like abu islam stirring things up. he said from the start that he would like not just for seven cops dead in the who's attack but seventy or seven hundred or even seven thousand. they say it's wrong to scorn these lawmakers legend is that all but is it ok to despise us is. a noble whose what happened and who was one of the christian muslim conflicts in egypt that has been going on for the past thirty years mr christians are always the first ones to attack it is really difficult to make ordinary people come down and control themselves. must move the bullet was love is one of the most controversial figures in egyptian public life he calls himself a humble soldier in the media war against cop to christianity. islam denounces
because the church has brought discredit upon itself with its actions they show their worst side they said that christians of muslims are neighbors but insulted allah drew crosses everywhere an extended tory and then bill charges on it people got angry they did what could be done hagman shared many. of the islam rose to notoriety after destroying a copy of the bible in front of the american embassy in cairo one year after the nine eleven attacks he has been taken to court but until recently i do islamic extremist acts passed by without legal consequences. about ten percent of egypt's eighty million population a cup to christiane's making them the biggest a nomination in the middle east the cup the community has always been
a difficult issue with national politics this christian minority is defined by its higher level of education income and unity however for generations culp's of had to put up with the unspoken rules of them from holding senior positions in the government security services to the winter revolution of twenty eleven many cup to christians hopes that religious segregation would disappear along with the regime. up to the i was the first woman in the history of egypt to be elected successfully agonise. the percentage of cops in the muslim brotherhood parliament now is also very small less than half a percent. in one million if there is not a single coptic representative in the government of the muslim brotherhood comes. out with the moderates victory didn't last for long when mubarak's place was taken
by president morsi with the parliament practically dominated by islamic parties there was no place for. vicious want from us. there's no doubt that copts in egypt are living in fear because every day we hear some extremist announcements which are eating into a country so we expected that the cops just like all egyptians here woodgate their rights or at least get freedom and social justice all of them but now they're terrified even more because they're more islamic fact was. they want to make us pay the g.c.i. slotnick tax they want to put a tax on christianity make us where they hit capital and reduce the minimum age of marriage by look at the final thing they want to legitimize is the matter of keeping kidnapped christian women so they don't have to return them to their parents for. them and hunt
prays every day for a sixteen year old daughter's life and health she hasn't seen up for almost a year. she was sixteen years old this is what i have no idea why she left. i was at work she was at home with her brother she told him she was going out with her muslim girlfriend to buy sunglasses and would be back home soon but she went away and didn't come back as i don't know anything about that friend of hers but i'm sure she took her somewhere. yemen hunter is convinced her daughter didn't run away but was kidnapped she was certain the. the police barely even tried to find her daughter. that was the mom i went to the police and declared her missing and they call me periodic lee asking whether or not i've solved the problem i always answer is it me who has
to solve it maybe they also told me i have to cooperate with them how come they didn't question that muslim girl and. we've documented about five hundred cases of girls disappearing off to the revolution the case of fourteen year old. is one of the most famous i don't remember the name of the man who was accused in the kidnapping he was the owner of a bookstore. she went out and didn't come back. called the hospitals and declared her missing coding to witnesses the last place she was seen was that's exactly. it was accused and there was a warrant to arrest him but it wasn't carried out. abraham lewis heads the coptic civic organization that investigates cases of christian girls who have disappeared most of the time the girls do run away with their muslim fiance but kidnappings do occur the police try not to get involved especially if
there's information that the missing girl had already converted to islam. and then i am. wearing a hit job is their choice they talk about it frankly on the internet and these are not rare cases there are hundreds some fat. thousands of them it is evident that the church has some social and cultural problems provoking the christian girls to convert to islam nobody is being kidnapped. the people who died in the houses attack including those that are marcus scammell were buried two days after the
tragedy the funeral began in the center of cairo next to some take also talks cathedral like many other large gatherings in the past two years the several thousand strong funeral procession erupted into a massive protest resulting in confrontations the funeral lead to further violence and two more people died in. the priest. asks everyone in the church to pray for peace between muslims and copts to remind his congregation that god is patient and kind that is why all christians have to be patient and to enjoy. americans have long seen latin in south america as part of their geopolitical back yard stereotypes die hard but new realities on the ground give reason to believe
free. three stooges free. old free broadcast quality video for your media projects and free media harty dot com. there's a small village two hours drive from cairo that typifies the egyptian provinces unemployment and poverty are rife coptic christians make up a fifth of the local population in this small church they used to thank god but the sectarian clashes were happening far from the quiet village that was until the day
a muslim man got into a fight on the street with a cult. what's happened that day is nothing out of the ordinary between neighbors there was a small fight because of a dog that was bothering them. one of them asked them to get rid of the dog the other refused. one thing led to another and they fought it's nothing special no. friends and relatives of the cult and the muslims soon began to gather where the site taken place. the domestic conflict can easily escalate into widespread violence in egypt. someone was hit the others responded. casualties on both sides. as always happens between farmers they gather to clear up the situation and understand who was right or wrong they sold it peacefully at the end of the day with in our village no one wants to make things complicated and aggravate the problem is that we're not used to making something out of nothing of
blowing things out of proportion. in turn touches era local elders and the priest managed to settle the conflict however violence could not be avoided in autumn of two thousand and eleven in the southern city of us one muslims attacked a christian church and tried to burn it down they said it had been built without permission. two days later ten cells outraged cops went out to protest in the center of cairo right in front of the miss puerto state television building they claim against us once local gov and called for an independent inquiry into the church attack. that then. that's when this happened in mass farah i wasn't far away from the egyptian television broadcasting center i work there are video cairo suddenly we could hear
gunfire i saw military trucks going back and forth a great speeder on my speed up people were forced either to the side of the road or towards the nile i saw a lot of bodies it was awful people whose arms and legs have been ripped off other people tried to cover the bodies somehow my colleagues and i tried to escape to the televisions office buildings but they attacked us we tried to short documents i was one of the first there and the officer figured out from my name that i was a christian he started yelling at me and hit me on the head and i got both of them up and i thought. it was. twenty lives were tragically lost in the most beto incident was about another two hundred people were injured.
but there are those who was attacked from the regime. the interior power against the christian against the considerable using the bullets using to get all this know about we're not talking about the citizens enormous and the bout to arm it for forces for the interior ministry who is also for this for sure morsi which we call the brilliant. mind of the. show is a member of the must go movement that was formed by young called off to the tragedy the goal is to achieve christian rights through nonviolence me. on the works of the dream about one one hundred four christians have been
killed in six years not in twenty years and more that is known to live in christians and has injure. after their lives you should. one hundred and one hundred four families have been forced to immigrate. after mubarak things got worse for the cops not of the pro islamic government nor politics focused on protecting religious minorities for fundamentalists complete christians are an ideal scapegoat is the enemy within. really christians are deprived of rights i would love to have the same rights christians have in egypt that was exactly the thing i asked abdul alim musa the former interior minister i still want this because christians here have many more
rights than muslims do and. so. so. while recording this interview i will islam received some unfortunate news. that the trial court had sentenced him to eleven years for extremism if any. travelling from the center of egypt's capital to those of a lean district is like traveling back in time the words of a lean means rubbish people here they're all christians.
no one can tell exactly how many people live in this area that was founded in the middle of the twentieth century it varies from hundreds of thousands to half a million rescues is their lives they collected from all around cairo bring it back here and pick through it by hand. but i'm on the process has five stages that i've got the first one is on the ground but they have to separate the garbage from. the second starts after they wash it down i want to after washing we have to use this machine to heat it up but i don't know what if it requires a really high temperature in my heart that it heats the refuse i'm not going to do this is the third stage of the whole procedure so first you have to wash it and then to heat it i ended after all that it goes to the factory to be recycled.
this is the view of the cairo citadel from those of a lean leaders house he doesn't pick up rubbish from the streets anymore but he knows all the details of the trade perfectly. adds a better garbage collectors working day goes something like. this he starts work at four am he knows which part in which area he has to cover with his children he gathers garbage until nine or ten in the morning then he returns home with all of it his children and wife help them to separate out all the material once a week people come to this place to buy the garbage this is how he earns a living for his family. even took part in municipal elections but failed to become a deputy. what he regrets most is that the revolution supported by the has done
nothing for his people in fact this situation has become worse they have slowly been hounded out of business by big companies who are now collecting the garbage radical islamic preachers even want to kick them out of the area. the bible and jesus teaches that religion and god means loving by fellow man christians do not want power or senior positions we don't want to rule egypt all we want is to preserve our country were born and raised where we drank the nile's water and where our forefathers died defending egypt christians died untouched here square during the revolution just like many others we want to live raise our children in safety and we want our church to be safe we have a right to ask for it because we have the same rights as muslims in this country.
the archangel michael church was built not long ago its priest insists that a cupcake church already existed on this exact spot at the beginning of the third century. at that time christians suffered persecution from the romans even their own calendar stuff from two hundred eighty four a d. to so called fear of mother. as. in whether we are in a state of psychological war right now it is tough of course if they try to intimidate and terrorize christians if they kidnap young girls down in christian shops and pharmacies but the situation is different from the one under the roman empire but not period of time they tried to kill the christians as for us i'm speaking as a coptic church priest we are not calling for emigration yeah somebody wants to leave let them go but i want everyone to know that we will die but we will never leave our country. yeah.
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