The article sheds lights on one of the aspects of sectarianism that stormed Egyptian society. A street sign was put in the middle of a narrow road leading to a Coptic Orthodox monastery in a village in Qena that says: “Cemetery of Muslims. Non-Muslims are not allowed to pass, please!”
33. Someone wants to distort my image in the Holy Synod, says the acquitted Bishop Kyrillos.
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Some thousand Copts from the southern city of Naj‘ Ḥammādī have demonstrated over a trial of their bishop based on a complaint signed by 11 of the city’s priests. Demonstrations have moved to the main Cathedral in Cairo, which convinced leaders of the church to send the bishop back to his diocese cleared of all charges.
Sectarian violence broke out in the Upper Egyptian village of Armant, Qinā governorate, after rumors spread that a group of three Coptic young men seduced a number of Muslim girls and filmed them in compromising positions. Arson attacks swept the village and eight Muslim teenagers were arrested for allegedly setting fire to three shops, three houses, and a car owned by Copts.