Sunday, October 09, 2011

At Least 23 Killed In Protests Against Burning of Coptic Church In Egypt

CNN  reports that at least 23 people were killed today in Cairo, Egypt in clashes between the army and demonstrators protesting the Sept. 30 burning of a Coptic Christian church in a small village in Aswan. Daily News Egypt last week had more background on the burning of the church that Christians were renovating in the village of Marinab. A group of Muslims claimed that the renovations were illegal, saying that a license was issued only for a service center owned by a Copt. The New York Times says that today's protests turned into a broader call by many of the demonstrators for the resignation of the military’s top officer, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.