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Egyptians gather in Cairo's Tahrir for rally against sectarianism protests

Tahrir Square remains relatively calm ahead of planned Friday demonstration to protest recent incidents of Muslim-Christian violence in Egypt

Ahram Online , Friday 12 Apr 2013
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People began gathering in Tahrir Square early Friday morning, where a podium has been set up ahead of planned protests against sectarianism, Egyptian state news agency MENA reports.

The square remains open to traffic, as do all roads leading to it.

Mazhar Shahin, known as the 'Tahrir Preacher' for leading prayers during Egypt's 18-day uprising in 2011, is expected to lead Friday prayers.

Shahin's work in the Omar Makram Mosque – located adjacent to the square – was recently suspended by the religious endowments ministry after the preacher allegedly criticised President Mohamed Morsi in a recent sermon.

The call for Friday's demonstrations, which has not been formally endorsed by any political parties, was initially issued by the Al-Azhar Preachers' Front, a group of preachers supporting civil state, according to MENA.

Demonstrators intend to protest recent sectarian clashes that broke out last week in the town of Al-Khosous north of Cairo. The clashes left four Coptic Christians and one Muslim dead.  

Shortly after the Al-Khosous incident, violence – initiated by unidentified assailants – also erupted outside Saint Mark's Coptic-Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, where a funeral was being held for the Copts killed in Al-Khosous.

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13-04-2013 09:08am
i wonder...
how long will this surface "feeling of unity" show will last until one tiny spark sets a light a whole new confrontation over something trivial and stupid as a muslim girl marrying a christian man. as long as both christians and muslims hold on to their faith in that good ol' egyptian religious way, they can do nothing but see each other as theological enemies. how are we supposed to stand together as a country when our very own deeply held belief systems say that the other is going to hell!
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