Egypt to remember Maspero clashes on Tuesday

Ahram Online, Tuesday 9 Oct 2012

Protests and memorials set to mark one-year anniversary of clashes that killed 27 people, mostly Coptic Christians, at Maspero state radio and television building

Maspero clashes
Egyptian Christians clash with soldiers and riot police during a protest against an attack on a church in southern Egypt, in Cairo October 9, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

A number of protests and memorials will take place across Egypt on Tuesday to commemorate the first anniversary of the Maspero clashes.

Twenty-seven protesters, mostly Coptic Christians, were killed when a peaceful march against the destruction of a church in Aswan and the authorities' subsequent inaction was confronted by the military near the state radio and television building at Maspero in central Cairo on 9 October 2011. Video footage filmed at Maspero shows military forces running over several protesters with armoured vehicles.

A march organised by a number of groups, including the April 6 Youth Movement and the Popular Current, will depart from Dawran Shubra Square at 4pm and take the same route as the march that ended in tragedy at Maspero last year.

The Maspero Youth Movement in Alexandria is calling for a protest at 4pm in front of the Memorial for the Unknown Soldier in the district of Mansheya.

Members of the Constitution Party have called for students to wear black clothes on campus on Tuesday to mourn the slain protesters and demand justice.

A silent protest to commemorate the killings and emphasise "national unity" between Copts and Muslims will take place in Beni Suef.

Youth for Justice and Freedom commemorated their iconic member Mina Daniel, who was martyred during the clashes, through blog postings on Monday. 

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