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Egyptian Christians end their Cairo sit-in

Arab World Materials 21 May 2011 12:33
A group of Egyptian Christians ended a sit-in early Saturday in central Cairo, about two weeks after they began their protests against violence targeting the country's religious minority.
Egyptian Christians end their Cairo sit-in

A group of Egyptian Christians ended a sit-in early Saturday in central Cairo, about two weeks after they began their protests against violence targeting the country's religious minority, DPA reported.

They were protesting in front of the State Radio and Television building to demand greater rights and equality.

The government promised them that eight Coptic Christians detained following Thursday's clashes outside a church in eastern Cairo will be released, the group said.

The sit-in started following heightened tension in Cairo after 15 Muslims and Christians were killed and over 230 injured in a severe clash between the two groups earlier this month. A church and three apartment buildings were set ablaze in the incident.

Egypt's ruling military council blamed remnants of former president Hosny Mubarak's regime for inciting the unrest in a bid to cause chaos in the country.

The council has recently ordered new laws that criminalize sectarian violence and ease restrictions on building churches be drafted.

Violence between Muslims and Christians, once sporadic, has become a recurrent problem in recent months, as the country suffers from political instability and lack of security after the ouster of Mubarak in February.

Coptic Christians make up 10 to 15 per cent of the country's 80 million people.

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