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EGYPT: Shooting, clashes at Coptic Christian sit-in injure at least 60

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Witnesses and Egyptian state television reported that armed thugs attacked a group of mainly Coptic Christian protesters overnight Saturday, injuring at least 60 people, two critically.

Christian protesters have been holding a sit-in outside the state television building in Cairo for nearly a week after Christian-Muslim clashes in the Imbaba area of the city that left 15 people dead.

Overnight, crowds could be seen rushing into the sit-in area, lobbing rocks and fire bombs from a nearby bridge and charging toward the few hundred protesters. Vehicles were set on fire and fires burned in the middle of the street.

Apparently, clashes began after protesters blocked the road at about 8 p.m. Marc Mino, a protest organizer, told state television that drivers had provoked the fight after refusing to be searched before entering the protest area.

An eyewitness, George Thabet, said he saw “young thugs in plain clothes” atop the nearby 6th of October bridge hurl Molotov cocktails down at protesters at about 8 p.m., injuring scores of people and setting cars ablaze.

After gunshots were fired, police and soldiers set up tanks at the ends of the road and began firing warning shots to scare of the attackers, Thabet said. By 1:30 a.m., security forces had restored order and protesters resumed the sit-in.

Sectarian violence has challenged Egypt's military rulers, who took over after longtime President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down in February and have attempted to maintain order ahead of September’s presidential election.

Political analyst Ammar Ali Hassan described the latest violence as "a second phase of what started last week in Imbaba."

"The same people who ignited sectarian violence and were aiming to disrupt the country’s stability and start a civil war between Muslims and Copts to destroy any gains of the January 25th revolution are unleashing their thugs against Coptic demonstrators, especially after efforts to calm down tensions over the last week have been relatively successful," he said.

He rejectedthe possibility that the attackers were religious extremists, and said they were more likely allied with Mubarak.

"We still have many people who belonged to Mubarak’s regime and it’s in their best interest to trigger conflicts like these and keep them alive," Hassan said.

Following the latest religious violence, military leaders promised to respond to Coptic Christian protesters’ demands, including reopening nearly 50 churches. But no trial date has been set for those responsible for last week’s violence.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Amro Hassan in Cairo

Photo: Egyptian riot police stand guard after clashes in front of the state television building in Cairo early Sunday. An angry mob attacked protesters, mainly Coptic Christians, outside the building, resulting in clashes leaving scores of people injured. Credit: Mohamed Omar/EPA.

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THIS IS NOT SECTARIAN VIOLENCE AS PER EGYPT'S BIAS MEDIA REPORTS, BUT UNPROVOKED “ONE – WAY” ATTACKS BY EXTREMISTS ON EGYPT’S CHRISTIANS.


1 January 2011 - New Year's eve - Alexandria Coptic Orthodox Church Bombing - 21 Christians killed and at least 79 injured.

11 January 2011 A muslim extremist policeman in a train in Samalout station in Minya province opened fire on 6 christian passengers - 1 Christian killed and at least 5 injured.

5 March 2011 A church was demolished by muslim extremists in Sole, Egypt & christian villages attacked & looted - 6 Christians killed and scores of civilians injured.

9 March 2011 - Egyptian army massacred Copts protesting for equality - 13 Copts and 150 injured.. Muslim etremists threw fire balls at the monastry from the top of the hills & torched 8 christian homes, 20 coptic garbage recycling factories & 30 garbage collection vehicles.

20 March 20 2011- A group of Muslim extremists attacked Ayman Anwar Mitri, a 45 year old Christian Coptic man in the Upper Egyptian town of Qena, cutting off his ear. The muslim extremists claimed they were applying Sharia law because Mr. Mitri allegedly he had an affair with a muslim woman. They also made a 10cm cut at the back of his neck, cut his other ear, his face and his arm. Mr. Mitri said they wanted to throw him off the fifth floor. The muslim extremists called the police and told them “We have applied the law of Allah, now come and apply your law,” according to Mr. Mitri in an interview for the Egyptian Human Rights Organization.

On April 18 violence broke out in the southern Egyptian town of Abu Qurqas El Balad, in Minya Governorate, 260 KM south of Cairo. One Christian Copt was killed, an old woman was thrown out of her second floor balcony and ten Copts were hospitalized. Coptic homes, shops, businesses, fields and livestock were plundered and torched.

On May 7, 2011, Over 12 christians were killed and more than 200 injured in attacks on Churches in Imbaba, Cairo, by muslim extremists.

30 Coptic women have been abducted since Jan 25 Revolution 2011 and never returned to their families....


NOW SERIOUSLY, WESTERN MEDIA......IS, THIS NOT “ONE – WAY” ATTACKS BY EXTREMISTS ON EGYPT’S CHRISTIANS. WELL, IT OBVIOUSLY IS NOT SECTARIAN VIOLENCE, IS IT???

“BEWARE EVERYONE”, THE SUPREME MOTIVE OF THE POLITICAL MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IS TO SEIZE POWER OF EGYPT AND TURN IT TO A RELIGIOUS STATE WITH SHARIA LAW IN FORCE.

VERY SIMPLY, THESE ATTACKS ON EGYPT’S CHRISTIANS HAVE NOW BECOME AN INTERNATIONAL MATTER, BECAUSE THE EGYPTIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE NEVER PROTECTED OR PUNISHED MUSLIM EXTREMISTS FOR THEIR CRIMES. UNJUSTLY, AMERICA AND ISRAEL ARE ALWAYS BLAMED FOR THE CRIMES COMMITTED BY EXTREMISTS IN EGYPT…

THE OLD REGIME OF MUBARAK, WHO HAVE CREATED AND BREEDED 30 YEARS OF RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM IN EGYPT ARE STILL IN POWER!!!

EGYPT’S MUSLIM’S MUST UNITE WITH CHRISTIANS AS ONE HAND (“SHOULDER TO SHOULDER”) IN PROTECTING EGYPT FROM FURTHER DESTRUCTION OF EGYPT BY EXTREMISTS!!! ACTION WILL SURELY SPEAK MORE THAN WORDS……..

If it's possible for secularist thugs of the old Mubarak regime to hijack violence and blame it on Islam in Egypt, it's also possible for disgruntled political troublemakers to do the same in other places.

If the afterlife is a fairy tale, and all religions are mythologies, and we are all related to an ape called "Lucy", isn't about time for all of us to wake up and smell the roses?

Thank you for finally showing what is really happening in Egypt.

Do you know that Church's have been burned, torn down, closed. The Coptic Christian's homes have been burned, they have been beaten, robbed, maimed and killed. Over 2,000 young Christian women and girls have disappeared since the uprising in Egypt.

First it was the Muslim Brotherhood who Obama dealt with during the uprising before Mubarak was ousted. Now a group called the Salafists a really radical group that wants things back to Mohammeds day by destroying the Pryamids etc. they are the ones who recently blew up the Muslim Saint thing in the Siani. They have beards with out moustash's.

We have family in Egypt and we are trying desperately to get them out of there. We are in contact with them daily on skype. Also you can see what is going on in English on satalite TV on the computer at www.freecopts.net, www.copticolidarity.org

Linda York-Khalil

Robert Stone; what planet u on? Christians murdering a million plus and Islam murdering a million plus in their RECROUTMENT DRIVES. Then Northern Ireland, Kosovo and not but last Wahabis whacking Sunni and Shia. Shia whacking Wahabi and Sunni AND all hate Kurds who trust none of these. THEY ALL like to publicly whip and stone people to death.
We should be happy that China & Russia ATHIEST.
S O O O yeah buddy what the hell wonderful religions are you dreaming about?
Oh let me guess, you must be Buddhist.

Wonderful. The pathetic women of islam will get their whipping in the streets soon enough and they can all plan for re-union with bizarre prophet and UBL in DANTA’S INFERNO 7th level. Here ALL THEIR HAIR will be burned off and singed like a chicken ready for cooking.
NEXT; the mental insanity lets the crazies run the Asylum.
THE CRAZIES want and end to peace with Israel. And they should get it. The Sinai belongs to Israel if peace is rejected. And they should take it.


Amazing that the LA Times can't just say honestly what this is. Peaceful Christians are attacked by unprovoked muslims....

The religon of peace strikes again, again, again and again.

True religion is love, kindness, goodness, giving, sharing, helping, not hot headed madness. All Christians Muslims, Jews, Hindus, , lets unite together in our common belief to fight the real enemy,, unbelief, hate, poverty, . We need each other, work together.


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