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-Egypt: Thousands Riot -Muslims v. Christians v. Military, 24 Dead 200+ Injured

by Dr. D ~ October 10th, 2011

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UPDATE: 26 Dead, mostly Coptic Christians and over 400 injured. Apparently the state media incited the riot:

“broadcasters called on ‘honest Egyptians’ to take to the streets to defend the military from what anchors described as Coptic Christian assailants, a call that appeared to resonate with Egyptians who thronged downtown wielding clubs and chanting pro-Islamic slogans.”

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It all started as a peaceful demonstration by Coptic Christians demanding compensation for Churches and homes destroyed by Muslim mobs since the ouster of Mubarak. Plus the prosecution of the perpetrators.

Then the Coptic protestors were attacked by a Muslim mob. Finally Egyptian Security forces entered the fray and the riot escalated even further with both sides attacking the military forces at one point.

At least 24 were killed and more than 200+ sustained serious injuries. According to one Egyptian news report:

The clashes spread to nearby Tahrir Square, drawing thousands of people to the vast plaza that served as the epicenter of the protests that ousted Mubarak. On Sunday night, they battled each other with rocks and firebombs, some tearing up pavement for ammunition and others collecting stones in boxes.

At one point, an armored security van sped into the crowd, striking a half-dozen protesters and throwing some into the air. Protesters retaliated by setting fire to military vehicles, a bus and private cars, sending flames rising into the night sky.

After midnight, mobs roamed downtown streets, attacking cars they suspected had Christian passengers. In many areas, there was no visible police or army presence to confront or stop them.

Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf addressed the nation in a televised speech calling for national unity:

"These events have taken us back several steps. Instead of moving forward to build a modern state on democratic principles we are back to seeking stability and searching for hidden hands – domestic and foreign – that meddle with the country’s security and safety."

"I call on Egyptian people, Muslims and Christians, women and children, young men and elders to hold their unity."

Response: At this point it is nearly impossible to get a clear reading on the events that took place on Sunday in Cairo. One thing for sure, the so-called  ‘Arab Spring’ that Westerners have touted as ‘progressive’ has actually resulted in destabilizing the country and increasing religious intolerance.

Coptic Christian communities have lost at least 4 churches and hundreds of homes and businesses to Muslim attacks since the ouster of Mubarak. The current authorities do not seem to have the will or the power to contain the Muslim radicals.

On Sunday, Copts were demanding that the authorities to respond with greater security for their community and for help in the rebuilding of destroyed churches and the prosecution of the Muslim radicals involved. The response was discouraging to say the least.             *Top

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