Following sectarian clashes in Giza, demonstrators protest 'forced migration of Copts'

News article, posted 08.05.2012, from Egypt, in:
Following sectarian clashes in Giza, demonstrators protest 'forced migration of Copts' (Photo: Al Ahram))

Hundreds of demonstrators on Wednesday evening converged on Egypt's Presidential Palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district to protest sectarian clashes that took place in the town of Dahshur, Giza, south of the capital, earlier the same day.

Demonstrators also protested against the alleged forced migration of Coptic-Christian families from the town in the aftermath of the clashes.

The Maspero Youth Union, a revolutionary group that defends Coptic rights, released a statement following the Dahshur clashes alleging that 120 Coptic families had since been expelled from the area. 

Protesters carried banners reading, "No to the forced migration of Dahshur's Copts" and "Down with the rule of the Supreme Guide," the latter being a reference to the leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

The demonstration was attended by members of several Coptic movements, including the Maspero Youth Coalition and Copts for Egypt, along with a number of Coptic residents of Dahshur.

Ealier on Wednesday morning, nine people, including Director of Criminal Investigations of Giza Security Directorate Mahmoud Farouk, were injured in clashes between tens of Muslims and Copts in the village of Dahshur, Giza.

The clashes were a continuation of clashes that had erupted last Thursday initiated by a random fight between a Muslim and a Copt residents of the town.

The fight escalated drawing more people, and left one Muslim, Moaz Mohamed Mohamed, seriously wounded.

Clashes were renewed early Wednesday when Mohamed died. Several houses belonging to Christian residents in addition to two businesses in the town were burned down by crowds angered by Mohamed's death.

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