EOHR Deplores the Attack on the German Embassy and Warns Against the Renewal of Violence

August 22nd, 2012 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights strongly condemns the recent attacks against the German Embassy, in which small rockets and explosive devices filled with nails and shrapnel were planted on the Embassy’s sidewalk.  EOHR sternly warns against the return to violence and the resurfacing of religious extremism.

                The explosive devices were placed in front of the German Embassy, located in Zamalek, by an employee who, after inciting panic on the premises, was arrested by Embassy guards.  One of the explosive devices had made its way into the Embassy.  It is speculated that the motive behind the perpetrator’s actions was an attempted retaliation against the German State’s backing of extremist factions that defamed Islam. 

                It is with great concern and apprehension that EOHR considers these events; fearing it as a return to the violence and bloodshed of the 1990s.  The attack on the German Embassy, especially as it comes on the heels of the terrorist attacks in Rafah, killing 16 Egyptian soldiers and wounding 7, is quite alarming.   In this regard, Mr. Hafez Abo Seada, President of EOHR, expresses his concerns that these events may indicate that Egypt is in a serious state of danger.  Mr. Seada warns against the occurrence of such a pattern of violence and calls for the immediate reinforcement of national security and the serious address of all attempts at violent, religious, extremism.

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