Last Update 21:38
Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Cairo boils as Copts protest

Anger and outrage at the Saints Church bombing has pushed Copts over the edge as they take to the streets to protest against the attack and sectarianism in Egypt

Ekram Ibrahim , Sunday 2 Jan 2011
 Egyptian Christians
(photo: AP)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 10263
Share/Bookmark
Views: 10263

For the first time, Copts in Egypt are venting their anger in full force by protesting in the streets of Cairo since Sunday morning.

Friday night's explosion outside Saints Church in Alexandria during New Year's midnight mass killed 21 and left more than 96 injured and stirred Copts out of their docile "pigeon attitude." 

Throughout the day, there have outbreaks of protests and violent demonstrations by angry Copts on the streets of Cairo.  Hundreds of Copts demonstrated in front of Nile Towers mall on Kornish el-Nil chanting "With our souls and blood we save the cross." They marched to the Radio and TV headquarters at Maspero, where some protestors tried to storm the building but were prevented by the police. 

As the protestors moved along the river towards Imbaba they clashed with security personnel, with reports of rocks being thrown by both groups.

Moreover, around 50 Copts demonstrated in front of the Coptic Cathedral asking for a peaceful life, recognition and fairness.

They addressed President Hosni Mubarak with chants of "the blood of the Copt is not cheap."

The latter demonstration started early in the morning as the head of Al-Azhar, Ahmed El-Tayeb, Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa and Osaman Mohamed Osaman, Minster of Planning and Economic Development came to pay their respect to Coptic Pope Shenouda III. Angry protestors threw stones at the three figures as they didn't want to receive condelences from muslim figures. 

A few hours ago, 4,000 Coptic garbage collectors have gone on a violent strike on the Autostrad highway, throwing stones and empty bottles on the street demonstrating against the explosive incident.

The demonstrators have called for firing Abdel Rehim el-Ghol, member of parliament for Nagaa Hamadi, because of the bloody attack that took place on Orthodox Christmas on 7 January last year. Police intervened to stop the demonstration and clashes took place between both until the demonstration ended.

A limited number of Copts have also gone out on to Salah Salem Street chanting in anger against the Coptic Egyptians' loss and sectarian violence in Egypt.

Many other protests are yet expected. Human rights activists and bloggers are organizing a silent stand along the Kornish of Cairo on Friday afternoon according to Gamal Eid, head of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information.

Similar demonstrations were witnessed in Alexandria and Assiout. 

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
2



Daniele
03-01-2011 12:35pm
0-
0+
Pope Shenuda
I highly doubt that demonstrators were throwing stones to pope Shenouda as well.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
1



tariq
02-01-2011 08:44pm
0-
0+
One country
One country as many religions, no problems
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.