Egyptian Christians protest at attack on church

October 5, 2011 00:15


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CAIRO - Hundreds of Christians protested in Cairo on Tuesday over an attack on a church they say was carried out by Muslims, in the latest sectarian flare-up in a country in political turmoil.

Tensions between Christians, who account for 10 percent of Egypt's 80 million people, and Muslims have increased since the February uprising that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak.

State television showed footage of protesters it said gathered in front of the TV building after demonstrating outside a court complex earlier in the day.

State TV said some planned to camp out in the area until their demands were met. There were no reports of violence or attempts by security forces to disperse the protesters.

The protesters want the government to fire the governor of Aswan Province, Mostafa al-Sayed, after the partial demolition of the church on Friday, according to state news agency MENA.

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