According to Associated Press, several hundred Christians were protesting the demolition of a church. The portesters main demand was that the authorites rebuild it.
As the violence escalated the Egyptian military deployed troops and armoured vehilces to contain it.
The demonstrations began peacefully with a march on a state television station but degenerated into violence when marchers were pelted with stones by men in plainclothes.
Coptic Christians account for approximately 10% of Egypt’s population of 80 million.
In an effort to curb the escalating violence Egyptian Prime Minister Sharaf met last night with church leaders and military commanders.
Bill Bard says:
See some of the videos on RT. Busses being deliberately driven into crowds.