It had the feel of a victory lap, albeit short and quick.
|ARAB WEST REPORT|
1. Details about Pope Tawadros’ II. visit to Russia
Pope Tawadros II. arrived at the Moscow Domodedovo airport on his visit to Russia, during which he met the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Cyril (Michael Fāris, al-Yawm al-Sābi’a, Oct. 29).
(October 30, 2014) Since its inception on the tarmac facing the Maspero State Television building in Downtown Cairo, the Maspero Youth Union (MYU) has been a driving movement, organizing protests that at times have included thousands of Coptic Christians. Before its establishment three and a half years ago, there were few means for Egypt’s Copt to voice their demands, and never before had they shown strength in such large numbers. This has not been without incident – a march on October 9th, 2011 was met with violent repression by security and during the incident more than 20 Copts lost their lives in what is known as the ‘Maspero Massacre’. Nowadays, large marches and their revolutionary spirit are a thing of the past, and many have settled for a new period of hoped-for stability.
But what does this mean for an activist group born of the revolution? Is the MYU still going strong, or have things changed? CAWU Intern, René Witteveen sat down with Mina Magdy, the MYU’s General Coordinator, and Beshoy Tamri, head of Political Communications, to talk about the Maspero Youth Union anno 2014.