|Attacks against Copts. Click to enlarge. From AnAmericanCopt|
The Copts are no stranger to oppression. The Coptic Calendar is set not to the birth of Christ but AD 284, the year Diocletian became Emperor of Rome and started the worst persecution against Christianity in the ancient world.
The Copts are being targeted by the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters because of the Coptic Pope's established relationship with the military and the military-backed government which overthrew the growing tyrannical yet democratically-elected government of President Mohammad Morsi. The press are calling these attacks "reprisal" but the Copts themselves are not the one's attacking the Brotherhood. Those responsible for killing the Brotherhood protesters are the nearly all-Muslim police and military.