Egypt: Clashes in Cairo as Christians protest continued attacks by Muslims

Egypt: Clashes in Cairo as Christian protest attacked

15 May 2011

At least seven people have been injured in clashes at a Christian protest site in central Cairo, officials say.

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13403504

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”

“An Islamic government is a government that is based on Sharia law”, said Abdel Moneem al-Shahat, a rising star of the Salafist satellite TV circuit. “Sharia can’t be changed because it comes from the days of Prophet Mohammed.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12985619

Cairo clashes leave 24 dead after Coptic church protest

9 October 2011

At least 24 people have been killed and more than 200 wounded in the worst violence since Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February.

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15235212

Mexican army releases 61 kidnap victims

The Mexican army has freed 61 people who were being held captive by a criminal organization in the northern state of Coahuila, officials said on Sunday.
 
Troops found the victims in a house in the town of Piedras Negras during an intelligence operation which was being carried out on Saturday.
 
A total of 61 males were rescued while three suspected kidnappers were captured. According to a statement from the Secretariat of National Defense, one of the victims is Honduran while the rest are from various parts of Mexico. They were allegedly forced to work in the criminal organization.
 
Meanwhile, troops were also able to locate six tons of marijuana during the operation. Mexico`s northern areas are marred with organized-crime-related violence due to the heavy presence of drug cartels.
 
In April, Mexican authorities managed to rescue 119 people in the northern state of Tamaulipas in one week. Police first rescued 68 people, who were allegedly kidnapped by a regional drug cartel, during an operation in Reynosa municipality. Then they rescued 51 individuals, including 15 Guatemalans, 2 Hondurans, 2 Salvadorians, 6 Chinese and 26 Mexicans.
 
MassacrePiedras Negras, across the border from Eagle Pass in Texas, is thought to be a stronghold of the Zetas.Last year the Zetas were blamed for the massacre of 72 foreign migrants in the northern state of Tamaulipas after they apparently refused to work for the cartel.

They were also blamed for the murder of more than 100 people whose bodies were found in mass graves in Tamaulipas after apparently being kidnapped from buses.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-15329489

WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO OF POLICE RESCUE OF KIDNAP VICTIMS – NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi dies of wounds near his hometown of Sirte (PHOTO)

http://www.reuters.com/article/slideshow/idUSTRE79F1FK20111020#a=4

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