24. AWR Daily Overview, February 2, 2012: Maspero youths protest expulsion of 45 Christian families

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The Maspero Youth Union (MYU) announced a stand of protest on the outside the Syndicate of Journalists headquarters under the rubric No For Devastation Of the State Of Law to condemn excesses against the local residents in al-‘Āmirīyah, western Alexandria, and calls to expel 45 Christian families from the district on Friday. [Usāmah Ramadān, Rose al-Yūsuf newspaper, Feb. 2, p. 5] Read original text in Arabic

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The MYU indicated that the ‘Āmirīyah incidents started after a 35-year-old man, a married tailor, was accused of having an illegitimate affair with a woman said to be of an ill repute, adding the video allegedly confirming this affair was seen by no one so far.

A number of local residents attempted to assault that man and his family’s house as well as houses of other Copts in the surrounding area, the MY said.

It added that fire was shot by locals and sources of firing were not identified yet, noting after several ‘urfī (conciliatory) sessions, a deal was reached that the man and his family move from the area. [Usāmah Ramadān, Rose al-Yūsuf newspaper, Feb. 2, p. 5] Read original text in Arabic

Meanwhile, Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyīb held an extraordinary meeting of the Islamic Research Academy on Wednesday (February 1) to form a committee that is to select members of the Senior Scholars Panel.

Informed sources told al-Shurūq al-Jadīd newspaper that according to approved selection criteria, members have to be no less than 60 years of age, holding a PhD and having attested research.

“The committee, to be headed by Tayyīb, includes academy members Dr. Muhammad al-Rāwī, Dr. Nasr Farīd Wāsil, Dr. Ahmad Abū al-Nūr and Dr. Muhammad Mukhtār al-Mahdī while Dr. Hassan al-Shāf’ī, an advisor to the grand shaykh, will be the rapporteur,” the sources said. [Khālid Mūsá, al-Shurūq al-Jadīd, Feb. 2, p. 2] Read original text in Arabic

Counselor Tharwat Hammād, the examining judge investigating the October 9 Maspero clashes, ordered the release of Ibrāhīm al-Sayyād, the chief of the news sector in the Egyptian TV, on bail of LE10,000 and ‘Abd al-‘Azīz al-Hilw, a chief editor in the same sector, on bail of LE5,000.

He also pressed charges against them of involvement in incitation for clashes that erupted just outside the Egyptian state TV & Radio building by publishing wrong information about alleged assaults by demonstrators on army soldiers, which brought citizens to head for Maspero area to defend the army and confront protesters, leaving a number of them killed and damaging public property. [Samīrah ‘Alī ‘Ayyād, al-Ahrām, Feb. 2, p. 6] Read original text in Arabic

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