Egyptian Christians to end sit-in protest, State TV says

By REUTERS
May 21, 2011 00:18

 
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CAIRO - Egyptian Christians holding a sit-in in downtown Cairo agreed to end nearly two weeks of protests on Friday, state television reported, after authorities promised to meet some of their demands.

Witnesses said some of the protestors had begun preparing to go home after one main protest leader, Father Metyas Nasr, an Orthodox priest, agreed to a government offer to free five young men detained on Thursday following clashes outside a church in the eastern Cairo suburb of Ain Shams.

State news agency MENA said authorities will organize a meeting between Christian and Muslim clergymen on Saturday to discuss the subject of two closed churches in Ain Shams.

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