FEATURE-Christians worry Egypt being hijacked by Islamists

Fri May 27, 2011 3:00am GMT
 

* Christians alarmed at growing sectarian strife

* Say government is soft touch on Islamists

* Blame government for culture of discrimination

* Some say alarm at inter-faith violence is overdone

By Sami Aboudi

CAIRO, May 27 (Reuters) - Last January, Nazih Moussa Gerges locked up his downtown Cairo law office and joined hundreds of thousands of fellow Egyptians to demand that President Hosni Mubarak step down.

The 33-year-old Christian lawyer was back on the streets this month to press military rulers who took over after Mubarak stepped down to end a spate of sectarian attacks that have killed at least 28 people and left many afraid.

Those who camped out in Tahrir Square side by side with Muslims to call for national renewal now fear their struggle is being hijacked by ultra-conservative Salafist Islamists with no one to stop them.

"We did not risk our lives to bring Mubarak down in order to have him replaced by Salafists," Gerges said. "We want an Egypt that will be an example of democracy and freedom for the whole world."   Continued...

 
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