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Egyptian Christian protest attacked

Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 01:30

May 15 - A protest by Egypt's Coptic Christian community outside the state television building continues despite an attack on demonstrators. Simon Hanna reports.

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A protest by Egypt's Coptic Christians continues - despite an attack on demonstrators on Saturday. Protesters have stood outside the state television building in Cairo since May 8th - voicing their anger at recent sectarian clashes. But they suffered more violence when they came under attack when a car driving over a nearby bridge opened fire on the crowd. Some of them still had fresh injuries. Protesters were angry that the security forces did nothing to protect them. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CHRISTIAN PROTESTER: "Everybody left us alone, the army and the police withdrew from here to allow the Salafists and the thugs to open fire on the protesters. " (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CHRISTIAN PROTESTER: "We demand the resignation of the Interior Minister. What happened yesterday happened as his men were just standing there. That's all I have to say." Interfaith tensions have grown since Egypt's revolution, despite unity between the two religious groups during the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak. Egypt's interim ruling military council has vowed to crack down on sectarianism and restore security and stability. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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Egyptian Christian protest attacked

Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 01:30