As Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood battles to regain the power it lost when former President Mohammed Morsi was deposed last month, Egyptian Christians are once again in the Islamists' cross-hairs.
According to an Associated Press report, many among the Muslim Brotherhood and its backers blame Egypt's Christians for somehow masterminding Morsi's downfall.
While events in Cairo are more controlled (for now) thanks to a larger army presence, Christians residents in southern Egypt are under daily assault.
Assiut is a large city on the Nile that Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus likely visited during their flight from King Herod two thousand years ago. Nearly half of its one million residents today are Christian. But they live in constant fear of an increasingly agitated Muslim majority.
The AP article describe recent and frequent anti-Christian marches through the streets of Assiut. During these demonstrations, Muslim children, under the direction of their elders, daub violent anti-Christian graffiti all over the town's main streets, while the adults chant threatening slogans against the followers of Jesus.
The Christians' only recourse is to hide, as local authorities are too weak to take on the popular Muslim Brotherhood gangs.
Many of the Christians said they are certain the situation will soon evolve into property damage and physical attacks, even as the world looks on and does nothing.
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