Egypt: Clashes in Cairo as Christian protest attacked
15 May 2011
The demonstrators outside Egypt’s state TV building were attacked overnight, with shots fired, petrol bombs thrown and cars set alight.
The Christians were protesting against attacks on two churches last weekend in which 12 people died.
There has been an increase in sectarian clashes since former President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in February.
Salafist groups find footing in Egypt after revolution
6 April 2011
While Western governments have long worried about Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptians are more concerned about the rise of Salafist groups, which have been blamed for a series of violent incidents in rural areas.
The Salafists have a strict interpretation of the Koran and believe in creating an Islamic state governed by Sharia law as it was practised by the Prophet Muhammad and enforced by his companions in the 7th Century.
They argue that the Muslim Brotherhood has become too focused on politics at the expense of religion. They try to turn Egypt to an Islamic state because they think there is a vacuum”
Cairo clashes leave 24 dead after Coptic church protest
9 October 2011
Clashes broke out after a protest in Cairo against an attack on a church in Aswan province last week which Coptic Christians blame on Muslim radicals.
Egyptian TV showed protesters clashing with security forces as army vehicles burned outside the state TV building.
A curfew is in force. The cabinet is to hold an emergency meeting on Monday.
Sectarian tensions have increased in recent months in Egypt.
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