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Coptic protests over burnt church continue through the night

Hundreds of Copts continued their demonstrations before the TV building in downtown Cairo, and elsewhere protesting the the torching of a Coptic church, and demandinga an end to discrimination and fully equal rights of worship

Ahram Online and Mena, Tuesday 8 Mar 2011
People demonstrate in front of the Egyptian Television building to protest the torching of a church
People demonstrate in front of the Egyptian Television building to protest the torching of a church in the village of Sol in Atfeeh, south of Cairo March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Peter Andrews
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Protests, which started Monday by Egyptian Christians in anger over the torching of a Cairo church on Saturday, continued into the night as thousands of Coptic demonstrators cut off the 26th of July Ring Road and the 6th of October Bridge. Demonstrations continued into Tuesday and several are still gathered in front of the state television building, which is the center of Cairo.

Monday’s demonstrations ended violently after protestors stopped cars, bringing traffic to a halt. According to sources, tensions escalated between protestors and people who insisted to go through, to the extent that stones were seen thrown at cars.

Demonstrators demand that the governors of Helwan, Menia and Qena resign for their lack of concern for the well-being of the Coptic community in their governorates.

The demands also include the rebuilding of the torched church in its current location. The governor of Helwan had tried to have it moved outside of town, and currently, the law disfavours the construction and remodelling of churches.

However, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces promised on Monday to rebuild the torched Helwan church in its original location, according to state TV. Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has also met with the demonstrators on Monday and discussed their demand of replacing Helwan’s governor.

The church was set ablaze by a group of Muslims on 5 March following a dispute between two families over the romance between their Muslim daughter and a young Christian man.

Thousands of Copts have been participating in a sit-in in front of the television building since the incidence.

Aida El-Kashef, a participant in the Tahrir Square sit-in nearby, says they will be asking the Coptic sit-in to join them in Tahrir, since the revolution’s demands also includes ending all forms of religious discrimination. She added “many of us here in the square are Christians, as well.”

Last year Egypt witnessed more than the usual incidences of sectarian strife.  However, the 25 January revolution was believed to have brought Muslims and Christians together.

Coptic and Muslim prayers were conducted in sequence at Tahrir Square, the revolution’s hub, and on several occasions Coptic youth provided protection from attacks by police or thugs for Muslims as they conducted their communal prayers in the square.

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George Malaty
10-03-2011 09:37am
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It is Not Yet Ready for Consulting: Check it before it is late
1. How in the 21st century we can speak about the wife of the candidate president. 2. Not only in developed countries, but as well in third world countries, nothing similar exist in Democratic constitution. 3. For the New Face of Egypt such discrimination has to disappear. 4. Nothing in Democratic Countries constitutions speak about the nationality of the Husband/or wife of the president. Also our new Egypt hasn’t to be less. 5. Mention to the age of the candidate president is a special case. 6. FINALLY, it is not the age, the gender or the nationality of the husband/or wife, but other types of the efficiency. Egyptian Scientist in Europe
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ayman
09-03-2011 12:37pm
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for my thought I do think that no one excapte violent but that is normal reacte of all what had happens for over years exclusion&marginalization and sergreation when 31% of the all economy and gross national are beacuse of coptic as well I beleive that coptic them self are ideal citizins so it may realy need to help them to free fair and social justice without carre of racialism then the egyption revolution is ideal removement
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George Malaty
09-03-2011 10:58am
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Please check it
I haven't been in any time involved in any discussions outside my area of scientific research, but yesterday and because the love and concern of my birth land and my origins, I sent message and a confirmation of adding it. Nevertheless this message is not seen. Please check this case, Egyptian Scientist in Europe Egyptian Scientist in Europe
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Donald Benson
09-03-2011 08:58am
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Citizens' rights
All citizens regardless of religious or political affiliation are entitled to equal civil rights.
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George Malaty
08-03-2011 08:37pm
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Egypt and Egyptians Deserve Better Future
Regards nationality we all are Egyptians, we all love Egypt and all have great Egyptian friendships, up to friendships for life. These friendships come without thinking about the faith of friends. Faith is related to only me and my relation with God, where, like other Egyptians, I pray for Egypt and Egyptians. Everyone is needed for Egypt. I hope that our constitution gives everybody to feel that it is his Egyptian constitution. The constitution hasn’t to give somebody to feel that he belongs to majority or minority, but s/he belongs to Egypt. Even physically, we carry the same genes, and now we haven’t to miss the chance offered to us: The chance to breathe pure air of Democracy. No time to wait, to work together in peace and love for our Great Egypt. People outside Egypt in Democratic countries are looking with admiration to the youth of Egypt and Egyptian civilization. I hope that they will hear from us only good news. Egyptian Scientist in Europe
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Abraam Fakhuri
08-03-2011 12:54pm
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so whats the army going to do about it?
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