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At Least 24 Dead in Worst Violence in Cairo Since Mubarak’s Fall (Video)

At Least 24 Dead in Worst Violence in Cairo Since Mubarak’s Fall (Video)
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Clashes between mostly Coptic demonstrators and military police outside the state television building in central Cairo on Sunday have left at least 24 people dead and 213 injured. Egypt’s interim government held an emergency meeting and imposed a curfew on Tahrir Square and downtown Cairo, while clashes were also reported from Egypt’s second largest city, Alexandria. The violence was the worst since the 18-day uprising that led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.

The Coptic demonstrators were marching to protest the destruction of a church in Aswan province in southern Egypt when “thugs” attacked them. Military police responded with what demonstrators say was excessive force. More than 1,000 security personnel were deployed as well as armored carriers some of which were driven into crowds, killing at least four Copts. Demonstrators threw rocks and firebombs, sometimes tearing up the pavement to hurl in chunks. After the military started attacking them, demonstrators set a number of vehicles on fire, including two armored carriers, private cars and buses. Three soldiers were among those killed.

Several Coptic bishops led the protests, in which photos of Mustafa al-Sayed, the governor of Aswan province where the church was destroyed, were set on fire. Al-Sayed had reportedly said that the Copts built the church without the required planning permission, after which the church was attacked.

Reporting from Cairo, Al Jazeera‘s Rawya Rageh said that the protest was supposed to be peaceful, but people started throwing rocks from balconies. The Coptic demonstrators had chanted “the people want to bring down the field marshal,” a reference to Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who heads the ruling SCAF. The chant echoed one heard during the February uprising, “the people want to bring down the regime.” Then, as Sunday night wore on and the chaos subsided, groups of people roamed the streets yelling pro-army and pro-Islam slogans including “The people want to bring down the Christians.” A call for a truce rang out after several hours:  ”Muslims, Christians one hand, one hand!”

After touring the area where the clashes occurred, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf said, “what happened in front of the state TV building is exactly what happened on January 25″ and voiced his fear that the renewed violence could endanger Egypt’s post-Mubarak transition. Sunday’s violence casts a shadow over the upcoming parliamentary elections, scheduled for November 28; candidates are to register this Wednesday.

Egypt’s Military Seeks To Hold Onto Power

The violence is deeply troublesome to activists, who suspect that the ruling military wants to maintain its hold on power, while ostensibly handing over control of day-to-day concerns. 

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Photo of the headquarters of Mubarak's National Democratic Party taken in October 2011 by maltman23

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12:25PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Yep didn't take long for the compassionate of Islam to turn on their second favorite scapegoat for failures of their society. How dare those Christians voice anything but approval for their way of life under the "new" rule of the military and Islam.

This was sadly expected and more than a few commentors pointed out the only thing that changed in Egypt was the names of the military rulers and the even uglier fact that Islam is pushing hard to reorder things under that rule.

Little outrage in the media however and I was surprised to see even an off handed acknowledgement on this site that Christians were even attacked. if it had been a Christian mob attacking Muslims, it would be trumpeted to the sky.

6:39AM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Ya Salaam! Why do so many fight in Your Name when You are the Call of Compassion and Mercy? Please fill our hearts with the ability and desire to live in harmony for when we live harmoniously together, we taste a delicious drop of Paradise.

12:35AM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

Be careful what you wish for - you may get it, or worse.

The Muslim Brotherhood, whose stated goal is to destroy western civilization and force all people to live under Islamic Law, as commanded my Allah and Mohammed, has been trying for years to take over in Muslim countries from Algeria to Tunisia to Egypt and others, not to mention infiltrating western governments and institutions and succeeding very well at that too. Now, sadly, it looks like they will succeed. They will not hesitate to use violence and killing to silence any opposition, much as Mohammed himself did, and he is their role model.

8:21AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

nasty.

5:41PM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Donna S.
6:01AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011
At one time, Egypt was the most advanced country in the civilized world; Alexandria was an Alpha world city not that long ago. What happened?

I would guess that it was the logical extension of the position established with the destruction of the greatest library on Earth, formerly located in Alexandria, since a certain individual decided that books not pertaining to Islam have no value.

While you are indiscriminately throwing bricks at everyone with the slightest religious inclination, I would suggest that you take inventory of the things being done and those doing them. The results would seem disproportionate and not fitting the approach of tarring all with the same brush, but I would think that those possessing the critical thinking skills to consider each group individually would have already come to the logical conclusion without any help from me.
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12:46PM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

No Donna, not any religion, but Islam.

This is getting worse and not only in Egypt but other Islamic countries. (from Carola May on http://www.care2.com/news/member/296771588/2979524)

Many people don't know it but the Copts are the true Egyptians. Egypt was a Christian country under Roman rule and is one of the oldest Christian churches being established by St. Mark in 42AD in Alexandria and spreading throughout the whole country, until in 641AD Arab Muslims invaded (as they did, and would do, to countries from France to India to Morocco), colonized, and imposed the special non-Muslim tax, a heavy one that caused many Christians to convert to escape the burden and the social restrictions.

The Muslims also burned the great library at Alexandria, which set mankind back by hundreds if not over a thousand years.

There's a pretty good description of the Copts at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copt if anyone would like to know more (from Carola May)

8:31AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

:'-(

8:24AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

another sad state of affairs...

6:01AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

The problem is and always will be religion. As long as religion is a public entity, there can be no peace. Most religions through fear based exclusionary thinking capitalize on the human family's differences to the extent that right to life suffers. I can't imagine the Creator of us all condoning this type of thinking or behavior at all. Monotheism is especially destructive as it encourages its followers to annihilate those who are different. At one time, Egypt was the most advanced country in the civilized world; Alexandria was an Alpha world city not that long ago. What happened? Religion destroyed what was right about Egypt, and the fear based government finished it off. Now, they have a long way to go to rebuild; hopefully they will listen to fresh ideas and peaceful solutions, otherwise, the situation will get even worse, if that's possible. Education is the key to removing fear-based thinking. A country that does not actively support progressive education of the masses and critical thinking, does not support peace. I wish the best for Egypt... it has a lot of potential.

6:01AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

The problem is and always will be religion. As long as religion is a public entity, there can be no peace. Most religions through fear based exclusionary thinking capitalize on the human family's differences to the extent that right to life suffers. I can't imagine the Creator of us all condoning this type of thinking or behavior at all. Monotheism is especially destructive as it encourages its followers to annihilate those who are different. At one time, Egypt was the most advanced country in the civilized world; Alexandria was an Alpha world city not that long ago. What happened? Religion destroyed what was right about Egypt, and the fear based government finished it off. Now, they have a long way to go to rebuild; hopefully they will listen to fresh ideas and peaceful solutions, otherwise, the situation will get even worse, if that's possible. Education is the key to removing fear-based thinking. A country that does not actively support progressive education of the masses and critical thinking, does not support peace. I wish the best for Egypt... it has a lot of potential.

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