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Bloody Sunday Shakes an Egypt in Transition

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Posted on Oct 10, 2011

This still from the BBC’s video coverage of Sunday’s protest in Egypt shows an armored vehicle on the move amid the crowd in Cairo.

What started as a peaceful demonstration in downtown Cairo took a violent turn later Sunday when Coptic Christians protesting last week’s attack on one of their churches clashed with military forces and other civilians. By day’s end 25 people had been killed. The outburst shows strains in the transition process of the recently revolutionized nation and is drawing concern from the international community—including, of course, the White House.  —KA


Many mourners expressed anger at the army, which they blame for the deaths.

The protesters say they were attacked by thugs before the security forces fired on them and drove military vehicles into the crowds.

The ruling military council has ordered a swift inquiry into the violence, in which 25 people died.

The council, which was handed the power to govern by President Hosni Mubarak before he was ousted in a popular revolt, is in temporary charge of the country while elections are organised.

US President Barack Obama called for restraint “so that Egyptians can move forward together to forge a strong and united Egypt”.

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By Silence is Complicity, October 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment

After reading this piece, I felt sad that my worst fears are being realized. From the very beginning of the Arab Spring, I predicted that the forces of darkness, both domestic and foreign, will plan and plot to taint the revolution’s reputation and make it fail.

I strongly condemn the domestic agents of evil in Egypt who might be involved in this tragic incident. Yet, I cannot overlook the foreign provocateurs who have great interest in creating doubts, trouble and instability into new Egypt. Knowing the history and the likely evil players, I dare to say, “Look at the Zionists and the Christian Zionists who have a history of enmity to Islam and Muslims and thrive on stirring religious strife!”

Even without having a material evidence to support my theory about these two groups’ plotting at this early stage, I stand assured, through my educated gut feeling, that my statement will be proven true under the future light of history and investigation.

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By Jim Yell, October 11, 2011 at 7:59 am Link to this comment
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Once again I must observe and also qualify my comment, with I hate Fundamentalist Religion, Fundamentalist political ideals, which lock people in a straight jacket and cause all kinds of hell.

Saying that, I must observe that the COPTS are pre-Islamic Egyptians. One would think the Moslem Majority would be embarressed by their brutality towards the surviving, historic Egyptian Population?

It may be a cautionary tale for us all when confronted by the rise of crazy Fundmentalist Christianity who wish to pre-empt our Founding Fathers and their good sense in separtion of church and state. A rising number of moslems in this country may make allies with Fundamentlist Christians? Maybe, Maybe not. But, a “tree is known by its fruits”. Still true.

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By Howard, October 11, 2011 at 5:53 am Link to this comment

So much for the arab spring in Egypt.
Look out below !

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By Silence is Complicity, October 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment

Sorry! The above comment was supposed to go under Chris Hedges’ article, rather than this thread!

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By Silence is Complicity, October 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment

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2. There is a need to create a vibrant media outlet which speaks for and reports on the movement’s news and needs. For lack of clear and definite plan on my part to create such outlet, I am suggesting that Truthdig should be designated as being such outlet and the recipient of ideas and donations to sustain the movement. After all, Chris Hedges is the de facto intellectual leader of the movement.

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