Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 - Egyptian Society of Australia (ESA)

The Egyptian Society of Australia condemns in no uncertain terms the gruesome and abhorrent beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya.

The confirmation of the incident has shook all Egyptians across the globe. The Egyptian community in Australia has been particularly affected by the news.

ESA would like to point out that Egyptians (both Muslims and Christians) have been at the receiving end of lethal weapons since the military coup in 2013. Just recently, Egypt lost almost 40 people during a football match at the hands of Egypt's own militias, military and para-military forces. Egypt lost a total of more than 7,000 people since the coup. Some of these burnt alive as was documented after dispersing the Rabia protest in Cairo.

The Chairman for the Egyptian Society of Australia, Mr Mohammad Helmy, said "We are deeply saddened and hurt by the news of the barbaric beheadings in Libya." He added, "We are also aware of the gruesome breaches to human rights and the extensive loss of Egyptian life at the hands of the military Junta in Egypt."

ESA believes that all lives are sacred and must be protected at all costs. 

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