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« on: December 20, 2002, 10:52:30 AM »

2002.12.18 Arabic News:

Mubarak announces: Coptic Christmas as a day off

Egypt, Religion, 12/18/2002

Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt announce yesterday that January 7,
a day which Orthodox Copts celebrate the Christmas has become an official day.

During a tour he made in Aswan yesterday Mubarak said that January 7 which
coincides the Christmas has become an official day off for both Christians
and Muslims.

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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2002, 05:39:42 PM »

Is there a link so we can read why?

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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2003, 03:44:13 AM »

Most likely this is in response to several outcries of the church. Pressure has been building on the government over the past few years because of a trial concerning the massacre of a few over twenty Copts - for which none of the ninety or so involved got charged for murder or attempted murder. The next year saw some sexually explicit articles accusing the church of some revolting crimes, the Church did not stay quiet. Also, Pope Shenouda spoke out very recently against the treatment of Copts. The government had to do something.

This was on usenet a month or so ago.


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Found this on MEMRI about the this church leader
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Inquiry and Analysis - Egypt/Reform in the Arab and Muslim World
November 12, 2002                
No. 110

To view this Special Dispatch in HTML format, please visit:
http://www.memri.org/bin/opener_latest.cgi?ID=IA11002

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