» 10/12/2011, 00.00
André Mounir Azzam
Egypt under shock by brutal anti-Coptic attack as calls for the govt to resign mount
The Finance minister quits calling on the military to own up to its responsibilities. State TV is accused of inciting anti-Christian attack by broadcasting false news. Eyewitnesses say they saw the bodies of people crushed by army armoured vehicles in Sunday’s clashes. Intellectuals and religious leaders express concern over the atmosphere of repression that threatens the country’s future.
Clashes between soldiers and demonstrators in Cairo, 2 dead, 15 wounded. Sit-in in Tahrir Square
Campaigners calling for the resignation of the leader of the Military Council, Tantawi, Minister of Defence for 20 years with Mubarak, the transfer of power to a civilian Council, and the prosecution of the "rais". The square, symbol of the Jasmine Revolution, once again occupied by demonstrators.
The Muslim Brotherhood in a blind alley, Egyptian journalist says
In Port Said, Ismailia and Suez, the curfew imposed by Mohamed Morsi is being ignored. As a sign of their contempt, young people are organising night-time soccer matches. Police no longer acknowledge the authority of the Interior Ministry. The grand imam of al-Azhar has gone in volunteer exile in protest against Islamists. Opposition parties and Christian Churches have given up on "useless" talks with the government. Even the poor and illiterate, the Brotherhood's main electoral base, are tired of being used as pawns.
Life imprisonment for former Egyptian President Mubarak, sons Gamal and Ala acquitted
The court also sentenced interior minister, Habib al-Adly, to life imprisonment. The Court held that they are responsible for the deaths of 850 people killed by police during the protests in Tahrir Square in 2011. Brawl breaks out in court-room bunker after allegations of bribery for Mubarak sons is quashed.
Cairo, Al-Azhar condemns violence against Christians
The death toll rises to 13 from clashes between Copts and Muslims in recent days in Cairo, after the burning of a church. The violence has mainly involved the landfill district of Mansheya.
Christians see Our Lady in the lights that appear in the sky above Cairo
The vision appeared over a Coptic church in one of the capital’s suburbs. Some say it is an apparition; a woman says she can see again. A Muslim man was the first person to see it. Other Muslims say it is a hoax done with laser beams.
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