2,000 march in Cairo unity rally, anger at army

By REUTERS
October 14, 2011 19:59

 
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CAIRO - At least 2,000 people rallied in Cairo on Friday in a show of unity between Muslims and Christians and to express anger at the ruling military council after 25 people died when a protest by Coptic Christians led to clashes with the army.

Sunday's violence, the worst since the fall of former president Hosni Mubarak in February, prompted criticism that the council was resorting to the same brutal tactics that Mubarak's police force had used against dissenters.

Activists said armored vehicles had sped into crowds on Sunday and that troops had used live ammunition to disperse the protest in Cairo which took place after an attack on a church building in southern Egypt.

The incident sparked nationwide fears of growing sectarian tension in the Muslim-majority country.

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