Following the flare-up of sectarian tension between Copts and Muslims in the last week, several political parties and activists are calling on protesters to hold a “Friday of National Unity” march from Tahrir Square to Atfeeh in Helwan, where a church was burned last Friday.
Ambassador Abdallah El Ashal, one of the founders of the “Free Egypt” party announced that he had asked the youth in the party to organise the demonstration through Facebook. Al Ashal said that he hopes families from Atfeeh will also join.
Adel Danial, deputy of the Estekama party, which is expected to join the march, says that officials and priests have not been able to control the crisis and ensure that no further attacks will be staged in the town, where 5,000 Christians live among 50,000 Muslims.
Other groups expected to join are “Youth for Change,” “Egypt’s revolution” and “Youth of Tahrir”.