Egypt's Coptic Christians Fear What Comes Next

They worry about Islamist groups cracking down
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2011 8:00 AM CST
Egypt's Coptic Christians Fear What Comes Next
An anti-government protester reacts as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak makes a televised statement to his nation in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.   (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

For Egypt's Coptic Christians, the current uprising presents a dilemma: While they share general sentiments about Mubarak's long, undemocratic stay in power, they worry that the transition to democracy could empower Islamist movements that take a dim view of religious minorities. The chaos and lack of police protection has caused Muslim and Christian neighbors to band together, but most think that will pass with the demonstrations, reports NPR. What happens in the aftermath is more worrying for the Coptic Christian community, which makes up about 10% of the population.

One Coptic engineer offers a wideheld view, referring to the Muslim Brotherhood: "They have Islamic agendas, which will reflect on everything in Egypt. They will be another Iran, another Hamas, which is not going to be good for Egyptians." The MB says it has no such plans and isn't running a candidate in the presidential election.
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