Al-Wakil: No Alexandria Copts Eviction, Displacement; Only One Muslim Family and One Christian Family Moved to Avoid Sectarian Strife
|Sunday, February 12,2012 07:41|
|By Hussien Mahmoud|
Hossam Al-Wakil, Media Spokesman for the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) in Alexandria, stated that Copts are living in Nahda village (in the Egyptian seaport city of Alexandria) among Muslims, without any problems whatsoever.
In a statement to Ikhwanweb, Al-Wakil said, "The crisis that broke out between Muslims and Christians in the village, after the recent circulation of video footage showing scenes of an illicit relationship between a young Christian tailor and a Muslim woman, ended with a decision by the village’s residents to remove the people of both Christian and Muslim families involved only, in order to prevent further bloodshed and sectarian trouble".
He pointed out that this decision was made in the presence of the Governor of Alexandria and MPs from the FJP and the Nour Party as well as the village’s elders.
The FJP Media Spokesman stated that there is calm and stability in the village now, and Copts of the village have no problems.
He emphasized that the Bedouin nature of the village makes elders’ reconciliation meetings ideal for solving problems in the village. He stressed that the issue can do without statements that might inflame sectarian strife in the village again.
Further, Al-Wakil pointed out that media reports depicting the situation as a Copts displacement crisis is very dangerous, misleading and just not true at all.
Earlier, Ahmed Gad, Member of Parliament for the FJP, took part in initiatives to resolve the crisis that erupted in the village, and underscored – in a speech to the people of the village – the depth of the relationship between Muslims and Christians in Egypt, pointing to the unity, solidarity and harmony highlighted in the January 25 (2011) Revolution, as well as in other crises that came to pass in Egyptian society. He called for calm, in order for the village to emerge from the crisis peacefully, safely. He also underscored the importance of the Egyptians being all one hand, especially in these difficult circumstances experienced by the country.
A delegation of Alexandria MPs has reached an agreement with the village’s residents regarding several points aimed at resolving the crisis, including the formation of popular committees to protect the homes of Christians.