Target: Mohamad Morsi, Egyptian President
Goal: Obtain government protection for Shia while hate movement in Egypt continues
Recently a lynching of 4 Shiites in Egypt caught the eyes of billions of people worldwide. Leading up to this brutal attack there had been years of hate speech that was not admonished by president Mohamad Morsi. During the attack police who were nearby did nothing to stop it showing the government’s lack of protection for its citizens as a whole. The Egyptian government needs to acknowledge that Shiites are at risk and needs to place protective laws on the Shia people in their country to further prevent fatal events.
During this brutal mobbing four Shiite men left a home that was being used to celebrate the life of a newborn to protect the women and children inside from rocks and molotov cocktails that were being thrown into the house. These men were then beaten and dragged through the streets to be lynched. This mercilessness that runs rampant in Egypt stems from a lack of protection for Shiites and Morsi’s decision to leave the right of Shiites to practice their religious beliefs unvoiced. Since the investigation of these vicious attacks was launched eight people have been arrested, despite video showing many more faces.
Shiites have suffered many decades of unfair treatment from the government due to their religious beliefs. For years under the rule of Hosni Mubarak security officialls harassed and detained Shiites simply because of their religion. Religious leaders from other religions also stated that the Shia are apostates and they needed to be removed from the village. It has also been stated that riot police were present and had been deployed expecting violence, but did not move until 5pm only to recover the bodies.
It’s time for the Shia to be able to live in Egypt without fear. By signing this petition you are urging President Mohamad Morsi and Egyptian government to place protective laws in effect that will keep Shia safe. President Morsi also needs to make a public statement mentioning that Shia are welcome and allowed to practice their religious beliefs without fear.
Dear President Mohamad Morsi,
The need for legal protection of Shiites has grown increasingly evident in recent weeks. The brutal attack that seemingly could have been anticipated and prevented has set an example of the danger Shiites face merely choosing to exist in your country. It is time to take steps to make sure that there are laws in place that will protect religious rights and Shiite people from being terrorized like this.
The lynching of Shia in the village of Abu Musallim could be the first step in a violent cycle of hatred and that is something that should not be ignored. The mob that stood outside of the house that was attacked chanted the name of Shia religious leader Sheikh Hassan and in the end did murder him, making this not only an attack, but an assassination in nature.
After decades of torment by security officials during Hosni Mubarak’s rule, Shiite people deserve to be protected from dangers like this. So I am not only asking you to place laws in effect that will protect Shia, but to also state that Shia in Egypt have the unopposed right to practice their religious beliefs with safety.
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