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An Egyptian man walks in front of a pharmacy marked with anti-Coptic and anti-coup graffiti in Assiut, Upper Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. The arabic grafitti reads, “No to the coup and yes to legitimacy.” (AP Photo/Manu Brabo) Islamists may be on the defensive in Cairo, but in Egypt’s deep south they still have much sway and audacity: over the past week, they have stepped up a hate campaign against the area’s Christians. Blaming the broader Coptic community for the July 3 coup that removed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, Islamists have marked Christian homes, stores and churches with crosses and threatening graffiti. Arabic grafitti reads, “No to the coup and yes to legitimacy.” (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)