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Thursday, 16 February 2012 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Egypt: recent developments (debate)

  Franz Obermayr (NI).(DE) Mr President, one year ago, families, including mothers, men with children on their shoulders, Christians and Muslims alike, demonstrated for freedom and democracy. However, the Arab Spring soon gave way to a frosty winter, and now lynch justice, murder, anarchy and fear are rife in this country.

Above all, the serious attacks against the Coptic Christian members of the population are continuously increasing. Thus, for example, it has become dangerous, if not fatal, for Christian women – most of whom do not wear veils – to show themselves in public. A Muslim brotherhood, known as Salafists, are a dangerous majority in the country and are ready to perform extreme acts, while Christians, who have only about five representatives in Parliament, do not really play a role.

I would like to see the European Union sending out a signal here, and putting all its strength into taking action against this terrible repression and protesting in the strongest terms against the daily attacks on Christians and breaches of human rights.

We should also show solidarity by taking a cut and dried approach to the expression of our solidarity, including the European development aid that we provide, optimising it as necessary and discontinuing it as the situation demands.

To be honest, I am a little frightened by the developments I see in Syria and I wonder what fate awaits the Alawite, Druze and Christian minorities in Syria after the fall of Assad.

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