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Christians Killed in Egypt Following President's Ouster
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Five Egyptian Christians were killed and dozens injured in scattered violence following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, according to a report from Morningstar News.

Meanwhile, 51 pro-Morsi protestors are dead, killed in an altercation with the military, in which details are typically contradictory.

"We cannot be happy yet," said Youssef Sidhom, editor-in-chief of the Coptic newspaper Watani. "It seems Egypt must pay a bloody price before it gains its freedom."

Many Christians agree and worry about the future.

"I think the Muslim Brotherhood will be violent," said Bishop Marcos, a prominent member in the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church. "They insist on restoring Morsi to his position."

The Brotherhood has called for peaceful protests, but has also spoken out against the role of the church in supporting Morsi's removal. Tawadros II, Coptic Orthodox pope, endorsed the removal of Morsi and, along with other prominent leaders, backed a political roadmap for reform. Related or not, violent attacks against Christians—including the murder of a priest—spiked after his statement.

Violence has gone both ways. Unhappy protestors attacked Muslim Brotherhood headquarters across Egypt in the lead-up to June 30, the one year anniversary of Morsi's inauguration. But the military role in the deaths of Islamist protestors bodes ill for the transition.

It also reminds Christians of the death of more than 20 Copts at the Maspero television building during the military-led transition in October 2011. Army tanks rolled over demonstrators as they protested an attack on an Upper Egyptian church.

Many Christians are ready to let bygones be bygones.

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