Muslim Council of Britain today urged our government to condemn the Egyptian
coup leaders for the brutal massacre of civilians that took place in Cairo
yesterday. While it is commendable for the Foreign Secretary to condemn the
violence, our government must censure, in the strongest possible terms, the
perpetrators for this shocking violence. By the Egyptian authority's own
conservative estimates, some 200 have been killed. The dead includes men, women
and children: unarmed protestors, and those reporting on the massacre,
including a British national working for Sky News.
British Muslim Egyptians will have family who are affected by this violence,
and it is crucial for our government to step up the pressure on those who
deposed Egypt's first democratically elected leader. We need a forceful
response from our government, just as it would respond to any regime that has
seized power and killed and imprisoned the people they have deposed.
In a speech delivered in Munich in 2011, our British Prime
Minister set a litmus test for those who shared our values and aspirations:
these include democracy, the right for people to elect their own government and
universal human rights. It is time for our government to apply this test
rigorously for those seeking British aid and British patronage. The current
Egyptian government does not, and we owe it to the victims of yesterday's
massacre to condemn the leaders of the Egyptian coup in the strongest possible
are grave times for Egypt and the rest of the region. The promise of freedom is
now giving way to a new-found authoritarianism which will embolden once again
extremists on all sides. Accordingly, we also condemn reported attacks on
Coptic Christians and other minorities in Egypt. Such retaliatory attacks
serves to strengthen the hands of the coup leaders and the former Egyptian
dictatorship who themselves stoked sectarianism to keep themselves in power.
Allah bring peace to the people of Egypt and the Middle East, and may the souls
departed find just recompense in this world, or the next.