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Christian Marchers Attacked During Cairo March

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Attackers in Egypt's capital have thrown rocks and broken glass at a march by Coptic Christians.

About 400 Christians marched to mark the end of 40 days of mourning after sectarian clashes that killed 27 people, most of
them Christians.

The violence in October began when about 1,000 Christians tried to stage a peaceful sit-in outside the state television building. The protesters said they were attacked by "thugs" with sticks and the violence spiraled out of control after a speeding military vehicle jumped onto a sidewalk and crushed some Christians.

A witness says attackers on Thursday threw stones, bricks and broken glass on the marchers from an apartment building. Clashes
broke out and 10 people were injured, two of them seriously.

Sectarian tensions have been building across Egypt since the 18-day uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February. Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population, have long complained of state discrimination.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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