For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 1 Sep 2013.
Last weekend hundreds of Egyptian Australians and other supporters of religious freedom attended a public rally in Sydney’s Martin Place to protest against coordinated violent attacks by the Muslim Brotherhood on Coptic Churches and other religious institutions in Egypt, and the destruction of hospitals, police stations and other public buildings.
The protest, organised by the Australian Coptic Movement Association, included a minute’s silence to commemorate those who lost their lives in the recent uprisings.
ACM spokesperson Peter Tadros described the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Morsi as a revolution, not a coup, and called on all free and democratic countries that valued the human rights of all people, to support Egypt in its efforts to eliminate terrorism and maintain peace and safety for all Egyptians.
Mr Tadros also urged news media to seek to be objective and balanced, and to refrain from condoning terror and crimes in reporting incidents in Egypt.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.