Bishop and baroness warn of rising violence against Christians in Egypt

From Christian Today

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali and Baroness Caroline Cox criticise inadequate response of Egyptian Army to violence against Christians

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali and Baroness Caroline Cox have expressed concern over the frequency of attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt and international media coverage of the events.

They are among the signatories of an open letter warning of widespread ethno-religious violence “that demands an immediate response”.

It comes after several clashes between Christians and Muslims, one of which left 12 people dead and two churches badly damaged after being set on fire by Muslims.

“The collapse of the powerful state apparatus and the subsequent power vacuum this created, however, quickly opened a ‘Pandora’s Box’ of social problems that the Mubarak regime had either maintained or failed to address,” they warn.

“As anticipated, we are now witnessing political struggles for power and influence in the new Egypt.

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