Hundreds of supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi gathered on Saturday evening in front of Mar Guirgis Church in Sohag, headed by Bishop Bakhoum Bishop of Sohag Akhmim, and raised the Al-Qaeda flag, chanting "Islamic (state) despite secularists (wishes)."
The church immediately closed the doors and prevented the entry or exit of any one of its members.
Hundreds of supporters of the deposed president also surrounded a church in the city of Girga denouncing - what they called - the position of Pope Twadharos. Regional security services managed to control the situation.
On the other hand, the village of Banawyt, Maragha district, witnessed violence and riots during rallies by dozens of Islamists, who roamed the village, attacking homes of Copts in the village, and destroying crosses on some doors and windows. Security services eventually managed to control the security situation.
For his part, Alaa Saddiq, Secretary of the Construction and Development (Salafist) Party, said "We are waiting for victory from God.. We are fighting a war of identity against Christians and secularists who wanted bloodshed and declared war on Islam," blaming Al-Azhar for doing nothing in this regard.
Translated by CS from: http://www.shorouknews.com/news/view.aspx?cdate=04082013&;id=0437a608-e2c7-43d0-b0d7-8aa8236d7410
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