Bombing opens vein of Christian anger in Egypt

Security officials: Protesters throw bottles and stones at riot police outside the cathedral, injuring 45 policemen.

January 4, 2011 15:21
Christians protest in Cairo, Monday.

Cairo protest 58 AP. (photo credit: Associated Press)

CAIRO — The New Year's Day suicide bombing of a church that killed 21 people has opened up a vein of fury among Egypt's Christians, built up over years of what they call government failure to address persistent discrimination and violence against their community.

Christian protests spread to Cairo from the northern city of Alexandria where the attack took place. Late Sunday, riots erupted outside the cathedral-headquarters of the Coptic Church after the country's top Muslim religious figures and government officials met with Pope Shenouda III.

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Protesters threw bottles and stones at riot police outside the cathedral, injuring 45 policemen, security officials said. Elsewhere, demonstrators threw stones at cars on two main highways, and hundreds marched in other parts of the capital, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

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