One of the Christian shops threatened in Cairo
Further to our recent report about the situation in Egypt, Islamicists have sent letters to 17 Christian bookshops threatening them, warning them to 'cease your foul trade, whereby you sell your filthy idols'. This referred to the Coptic use of statues and icons, which the Islamicists incorrectly term idols. The Christian shopkeepers rushed to the police for protection, and to try and discover the identity of the letter-writer(s), but unsurprisingly the official response has been somewhat lacklustre. One security guard patrols in the mornings only.