Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
Author(s): Miray Philips
When Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the former head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), died on September 21, 2021, the Coptic Orthodox Church issued a statement offering their condolences. The statement praised Tantawi for “serving his country loyally,” for “developing the capacities of the Armed Forces,” and for being central to the “country’s leadership during a critical period.” This came nearly a decade after Tantawi’s role in the Maspero Massacre, which symbolizes state-sponsored violence against Christians in Egypt.
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