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Church in Egypt condemns president

Bishops’ conference accuses Mohammed Morsi of gross incompetence resulting in 50 deaths

The Catholic Church in Egypt has issued a powerful condemnation of the country’s president, accusing him of an act of gross incompetence that caused more than 50 deaths.

Speaking as spokesman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Egypt, Fr Antoine Rafic Greiche (above) accused President Mohammed Morsi of failing to foresee the need for significant security in its handling of protests that turned ugly last weekend.

In the interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Fr Greiche also said the president was increasing divisions across the country.

In an attack on the Muslim Brotherhood regime’s handling of protests in Cairo, the Suez region and other major centres, Fr Greiche said Mr Morsi ‘must take responsibility for the deaths of those who were killed in the recent unrest.’

“The security forces were unprepared for these protests, even though they were predictable,” he said. “This is the government’s failure.”

More than 50 people had died in violence sparked by protests marking the second anniversary of the revolution that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak.

“The people are dissatisfied with the Islamist regime,” Fr Greiche said. “Divisions are increasing. The bloody protests in the Suez region and in Cairo show how the country is falling apart.”




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