EGYPT: Islamists intimidated Christians from voting against the referendum

Islamist thugs went on a campaign of intimidation against the Christian population in the provincial capital, Assiut, last week that kept most Christians from going to the polls to vote against the constitution:

FOX NEWS – A campaign of intimidation by Islamists left most Christians in this southern Egyptian province too afraid to participate in last week’s referendum on an Islamist-drafted constitution they deeply oppose, residents say. The disenfranchisement is hiking Christians’ worries over their future under empowered Muslim conservatives.

Around a week before the vote, some 50,000 Islamists marched through the provincial capital, Assiut, chanting that Egypt will be “Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians.” At their head rode several bearded men on horseback with swords in scabbards on their hips, evoking images of early Muslims conquering Christian Egypt in the 7th Century.

They made sure to go through mainly Christian districts of the city, where residents, fearing attacks, shuttered down their stores and stayed in their homes, witnesses said.

The day of the voting itself on Saturday, Christian voting was minimal — as low as seven percent in some areas, according to church officials. Some of those who did try to head to polling stations in some villages were pelted by stones, forcing them to turn back without casting ballots, Christian activists and residents told The Associated Press this week.

Assiut province is significant because it is home to one of Egypt’s largest Christian communities — they make up about 35 percent of the population of 4.5 million, perhaps three times the nationwide percentage. At the same time, it is a major stronghold of Egypt’s Islamists, who now dominate its local government. The province was the birthplace of some of the country’s most radical Islamist groups and was the main battlefield of an insurgency by Muslim militants in the 1990s.

It was one of 10 provinces that voted in the first round of Egypt’s referendum. Nationwide, around 56 percent voted in favor of the draft charter, according to preliminary results. Assiut had one of the strongest “yes” votes at more than 77 percent. It also had a turnout of only 28 percent — one of the lowest in a round marred by a low participation of only 32 percent nationwide.

The second and final round will held the coming Saturday in 17 provinces, including in Minya, which has the country’s highest proportion of Christians, at 36 percent.

Rights groups reported attempts at suppression of the “no” vote in many parts of the country. But Christians say intimidation and suppression are more effective in this smaller, largely rural province.

“In Assiut, we face more danger than in Cairo,” said businessman Emad Awny Ramzy, a key organizer of local protests against Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and his ruling Muslim Brotherhood. “Here they can easily identify, monitor and attack us.”


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  • mikeinidaho

    Wow just like Philadelphia and the NBP’s, huh? Obama must be so proud!
    American Revolution II is coming.

    • Orangeone

      With nationwide implementation for the 2014 elections.

    • PVG

      Exactly my thought!

  • Everything they learned about voter intimidation they learned from the New Black Pussycat Party and Eric Holder!
    (Yahoo search results)

    • Orangeone

      How about the New Black Pansies Party instead? kitties are sweet 🙂

      • Conniption Fitz

        HIV, STDs, intra-racial and interracial violence, addictions, promiscuity, crime, poverty, illiteracy, early death is rampant in the young black community thanx to Sharpton, Jackson and Obama, the black supremacist trinity.

        • All that’s Whitey’s fault and you are a racist for pointing it out! /sarc.

      • That’s a much better name! 🙂

        a. Used as a disparaging term for a man who is considered effeminate.
        b. Used as a disparaging term for a homosexual man.

        I think this described the Panthers exactly right. Because if a real man – Say our favorite Marine – was to go and vote where they were attempting to intimidate voters – they would run for their cowardly lives… Darn Pansies! 🙂

        • Orangeone

          Spot on Wolfie! I think there are many, many vets that comment here that would be a force to recon with if the Pansies intimidated in their precincts.

          You know those retired vets I want armed guarding at our schools? Many schools serve as voting locations….hummmm….how could the left scream about intimidation when the same vets protect their children every day???? And what better way to enforce photo ID!

  • stage9

    “islamic democracy” has finally come to Egypt.

    • “Islamic democracy” is an oxymoron… Like Jumbo-Shrimp. 🙂

      • las1

        Yeah but Jumbo-Shrimp are real… Islamic-democracy… not so much.

      • tinlizzieowner

        There are only 2 forms of government under Islam.
        An Autocratic Islamic Dictatorship or a Theocratic Islamic Dictatorship.
        Either way, Islam is the state.

    • oh joy! now they can add their precious Allah next to their sun god, Ra! -_-

      Even king TUT wouldn’t approve of this

    • Conniption Fitz

      Islamic ‘democracy’ = totalitarian fascist theocracy = violence, misogyny, racism, hatred, aggression.

  • colliemum

    Why be surprised? Christians are dhimmis – they have no rights under shariah.

    These muslim brotherhood thugs simply implemented shariah before the rest had been made to vote for it.

  • aposematic

    Its what all tyrannical Gov.s do to gain power and hold power.

  • Yazz55

    winning an election = the end justifies the means

  • This is news? What the Christians in Egypt have to really worry about is how much longer will it be before the Islamists start to openly execute Christians to try and “convince” them to leave Egypt? It’s only a matter of time before this starts happening with the Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood controlling Egypt. If I were a Christian in Egypt, I would start looking for a new country to live in. Lebanon would probably be their best bet, considering their large Christian population in that country (although Hezbollah probably would not like that too much).