» 06/19/2012, 00.00
Military-Muslim Brotherhood confrontation killing democracy, says young Egyptian
Islamists are in the streets to protest what they call a military coup. A direct confrontation between the military and Islamist parties is a growing possibility after results of the presidential election are announced. Young Coptic activist says Tahrir Square youth want to stay clear of the conflict between these two factions, but still want to fight for democracy, religious freedom and human rights.
Sinai: 5 die in attack on South Korean tourist bus
The bus was returning from the monastery of St. Catherine, after a visit by the group of tourists from Jincheon (the central part of South Kore). Analysts fear a return to "political blackmail", attacks against tourists to harm the Egyptian government.
Neither the military nor extremists in the new Egypt, says young Copt
Nagui Damiam talks about the renewed unity among Egyptians demonstrating in Tahrir Square. The Muslim Brotherhood is strong and well organised, but it is far from what young people want. A victory by extremists against the military would trigger a civil war with moderate forces. A Christian exodus has already started.
Christians and Muslims in Tahrir Square want the military to quit
Local sources say 400,000 people are in the square. The Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis are ejected from the rally. Police use tear gas against protesters. Hundreds are injured in clashes as protests touch Alexandria, Suez and Damietta.
For Catholic Church, Islamist victory scares Christians but expresses the will of the people
The Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists get 73 per cent of the seats in the lower house, which meets today for the first time since Mubarak’s fall. The session began this morning with a minute of silence for the martyrs of the Jasmine Revolution. The armed forces remain a problem.
Fr Greiche: Too early and misleading to comment election results
Official results will be available only in January. The spokesman for the Egyptian Catholic Church warns against giving too much credence to claims by the Muslim Brotherhood that it won between 40 and 60 per cent of the vote. Despite their poor organisation and brief existence (six months), pro-democracy parties are growing in strength.
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