Two weeks after the election of President Mohamed Morsy, the Coptic community is concerned about the implementation of Islamic law. On Saturday, 7 July, Copts protested outside the presidential palace to call on Morsy to protect his citizens, reinstate security and preserve the rights and freedoms of all Egyptians.
In “Garbage City,” a residential and trash-collecting area in Manshiyet Nasser where Coptic Christians are the predominant inhabitants, many believe that the new president is not only a threat for the Coptic community, but for Egypt as a whole.
“We are worried that the Muslim Brotherhood will impose Sharia in Egypt. If so, we'll be back in the Middle Ages — we will see only covered women with almost no rights, like in Saudi Arabia, for example. We won’t have any freedom of speech. This will be a problem for Copts and for Muslims. What we need is a civilized country, and I’m scared that the Muslim Brotherhood and Mohamed Morsy won’t bring that to us,” said Sameh Nassar, a 24-year-old English student at Cairo University.
After the first round of the presidential elections, the Coptic community was blamed for voting for Ahmed Shafiq and boosting him into the runoffs.
“People in the community were disappointed by Morsy’s victory,” explains Nassar, “but it wasn’t because we wanted Shafiq to be president, but rather because we didn’t want Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood to rule the country.”