Clashes on Egypt Christian march injure 29

By REUTERS
November 17, 2011 20:57

CAIRO - Twenty-nine people were injured in Cairo on Thursday when residents clashed with a group of Christians marching through the capital to commemorate those who died in confrontations with the army on Oct. 9, state news agency MENA said.

The Coptic Christians were marching from Cairo's northern Shoubra suburb towards the landmark Tahrir Square in the city center when the clashes broke out.

"The locals in the neighborhood of Bulak attacked the group on their way to the square and threw stones at them," a security source told Reuters.

Another attack took place as the protesters were regrouping in Shoubra where residents and protesters threw stones, glass and Molotov cocktails at each other.

The marchers scattered after the attack. Riot police arrived and a priest asked the protesters to disperse, saying the army had sealed off the city center near Tahrir and the march could not go ahead.


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