WE HAVE CHANGED STRATEGY: HITHERTO OUR FIRST OPTION HAS BEEN WORKING WITH OTHERS FOR A UNITED, SECULAR, DEMOCRATIC EGYPT: HENCEFORTH, OUR FIRST OPTION IS PARTITION AND THE FORMATION OF A COPTIC INDEPENDENT STATE

ON COPTIC NATIONALISM في القومية القبطية

STATEMENT BY THE COPTIC NATIONALISTS (8 April 2013): CHANGE OF STRATEGY

Our position has changed: from now on, Coptic Nationalists will work for partition and creation of a Coptic homeland for our beleaguered nation where it can live in security, freedom and dignity; and where it can prosper and reach its potential.

This is not a call for civil war; nor do we advocate brushing all Egyptian Muslims by the same brush. It is, however, a signal for building up the case, and conditions, internally and externally, for a Coptic national homeland. Let’s hope, meanwhile, that Liberal Muslims of Egypt will succeed in ousting the Islamists from power, and avoid us ultimate separation.

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Hitherto we have regarded our nationalism as merely cultural. Not anymore. The Khusus massacre on the 6 April 2013 and besiege of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo on the following day have changed everything. The events…

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