Terror and discrimination
An old woman screamed at the security personnel refusing to let her in:
“Now you’re here to prevent us from attending the funeral? Where were you when they brought in the explosives to kill us?”
This was the scene outside St. Mary’s church in Nasr City on 12 December, 2016, a lot further east from the Coptic cathedral where 25 Copts were killed in an explosion the day before. The funeral had been moved to this location in fear of public anger directed at the security services, and Sisi himself, as was evident by chants the day before soon after the explosion took place.
More security was present to prevent mourners from entering the church to grieve their lost ones than there were preventing explosives into St. Peter’s church at the cathedral. The funeral of the victims of the cathedral bombing was militarized and politicized by the state, attended by officials for damage control, invitees and only one member from each of the victim’s families.
The event left Copts and indeed many Egyptians bitter and enraged. Before Daesh (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack, a few suspected the state. That security forces are suspected of such a heinous crime may sound incredulous and even conspiratorial, but that belief is derived from a similar event in recent history.
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