Sunday, October 9, 2011

Coptic protests in Cairo turn to violence

In what is being seen by many locals as the latest ploy to pit Egyptians against one another, a Coptic protest in Cairo today has erupted into violence.

Thus far the details are hazy. State TV is reporting one thing while international outlets report another. One thing is clear: The situation on the ground is not stable, and there are continued outbursts of gunfire that have left an estimated 17 people dead according to ministerial statements.

Sadly, also evident is how media outlets are highlighting this as a "Coptic" protest, when sources on the ground report that there are Muslims and Christians holding hands and chanting "we are all Egypt," reminiscent of the revolution. Everything at this point remains unclear.

To follow the events as they unfold in Cairo, click the links below.

Al Masri Al Yawm live updates

Egypt troops dead after Coptic church protest in Cairo - BBC News

Deadly Cairo clashes over Coptic Protest - Al Jazeera 

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