29. Three thousand Copts demonstrate for the fourth day in protest against changing the Coptic name of their village Dayr Abu Hinnis

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People of Dayr Abū Hinnis demonstrate for the fourth day and threaten to protest in front of the People’s Assembly in Cairo.

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The author reports on the people of Dayr Abū Hinnis village’s protests organized for the fourth day against the minister of justice’s decision to change the Coptic name of the village to an Arabic name “Wādī al-Ni‘nā‘” [Valley of Minth].
Protestors declared they would suspend the protest until their meeting with General Ahmad Dyā’ al-Dīn, governor of Minia who promised to meet them in Mallawī.
People of Dayr Abū Hinnis announced that they will stage hunger strike if the concerned institutions did not respond to their demand to keep the name of their village that dates back to the fourth century.
On his part, Father Yūsāb Hishmat, priest of the village stated that protesters will move the sit in to a main square in Minia, and if their demand is not accepted they will organize a protest in front of the people’s Assembly in the heart of Cairo.
Jubayr Ikrām from Abū Hinnis stated that Father Yūsāb was foing to meet the Minister of Culture next week with two other young men from the village.
Lawyer Najīb Jibrā’īl had filed a lawsuit against the Prime Minister and the ministers of culture and justice to stop the decision to change the village’s old name.

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