‘This time the situation is completely different. I feel that Egypt is now my homeland’
Cairo: In December 2012, Violet Ishaq, a Christian medical student, boycotted vote on a draft constitution drafted by an Islamist-dominated assembly loyal to the then president Mohammad Mursi.
Ishaq changed her mind on Tuesday, the first day of a referendum on a proposed constitution backed by the military who deposed Mursi six months ago.
“Mursi’s constitution treated us as a minority and gave Islamists a free hand,” said Ishaq, 23, as she was waiting to cast her ballot at a polling station in the mainly Christian area of Shubra in northern Cairo. “This time the situation is completely different. I feel that Egypt is now my homeland and the army is the protective shield of all Egyptians without discrimination.”
Ishaq is one of Egypt’s Christian community members, who have overwhelmingly supported the military ...