Clashes between Christians in front of Maspero because of Mubarak’s picture

Clashes between Christians in front of Maspero because of Mubarak’s picture

8/5/2011

Ahmed Hazza’a and Abdel-Rahman Akeela

Serious clashes broke out between people taking part in a sit-in outside the Maspero Television Building in response to the Imbaba events. The clashes began when one of the Christians held up a picture of deposed president Hosny Mubarak and demanded that he return to power so that Christians can live in peace. His Christian colleagues responded with criticism and insults, affirming that “the deposed one” is the cause of all Egypt’s problems and drove a wedge between the partners in the nation.

A big number of Christians, together with some Muslims, announced their sit-in in front of the Maspero Television Building this evening in response to the Imbaba events. A number of protesters called for the formation of an independent fact-finding committee on the incident that took place as a result of the security vacuum, the passivity of the police force and the lack of intervention to end sectarian strife.

The Muslim protesters showing solidarity with the Christians accused former regime figures and officers from the dissolved State Security Investigations apparatus of playing with Egyptian Christian and Muslim lives and attempting to drive a wedge and cause discord between sons of this one nation. They called for them to put on trial and for Homeland Security to be purged of them.

This was originally published in Arabic on Ikhwan Online.

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