Dozens from the Maspero Youth Union, Second Anger Revolution, and We are all Mena Daniel organized yesterday afternoon a protest march from Shubrá area to the High Court of Justice condemning the recent Maspero incidents, and requesting the instant release of detained political activists. Protesters gathered in Shubrá area where they repeated shouts against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) such as “Muslims and Christians are one hand,” “No to sectarian sedition,” “No to persecution of Copts,” and “We will get their right, otherwise we will die like them.” In addition, they demanded that the Governor of Aswan and the Minister of Information be dismissed and the videos recorded by the CCTVs of the Egyptian Television & Radio Union (ETRU) be released. They also raised signs “Release Mena Tala´at Noshi and Alaa Ahmed Abd al-Fattāh.”
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Military Chief of Staff Sāmī 'Anān met with a delegation of Coptic bishops on Wednesday at the Defense Ministry to discuss the community's problems. 'Anān discussed with the Christian delegation, which included a number of bishops the Maspero incidents, the organization of the building of churches, the status of unlicensed churches and reactivating all relevant decisions.
The report prepared by the fact-finding committee formed by the National Council for Human Right (NCHR) has blamed "unknown civilians" for stirring up the events that left 28 persons dead and dozens injured following clashes between army personnel and Coptic protestors.
Usāmah Haykal, the Minister of Information, made a visit yesterday morning to H. H. Pope Shenouda III at the Papal Residence in St. Mark's Cathedral. During the visit, the Minister offered his condolences to the Coptic Pope over the victims of Maspero incidents and acknowledged mistakes made by the Egyptian Television in covering the events, stressing that such mistakes will not be repeated in the future.
Saudi flags appear in Shubrā , 29 injured in clashed between unidentified people and Coptic activists during a march to al-Tahrīr
A Coptic march to commemorate the 40-day anniversary of Maspero clashes has been attacked by unidentified persons in Shubrā. The march had set out from Shubrā Square and was heading to Tahrīr Square.
Bishop Yu'annis, secretary of H.H. Pope Shenouda III, said that the Coptic pope sent his approval of the law on the construction of houses of worship and churches to the Egyptian Cabinet and the Supreme Military Council. Bishop Yu'annis added that the Pope had intended to visit the Grand Shaykh of the Azhar and the Muftī of the Republic Dr. A’lī Jum’ah to wish them a happy 'Īd al-Adhā [the Greater Bairam] but he became ill and his temperature rose to (38 C). Instead, Pope Shenouda sent telegrams to the two Muslim clerics, and to Field Marshal Muhammad Husayn Tantāwī Sulaymān and Lt. General Sāmī 'Anān, the army's chief of staff.
The Egyptian National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) holds a press conference today to announce the report of its fact-finding committee on Maspero incidents.
The committee has met with a large number of eyewitnesses, visited the site where the incidents took place, as well as obtained forensic reports and a number of video tapes recorded during the incidents.
The results of the fact-finding investigation will be announced by Muhammad Fayiq Deputy Chairman of the National Council for Human Rights.
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The Coptic Orthodox Church said Saturday it is not specifying a list of candidates for Coptic adherents to vote for in the upcoming parliamentary elections and is merely calling on Copts to vote.
Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb, the Azhar's Grand Shaykh, called on the Ministry of Interior Affairs to immediately ceasefire against the protesters. Shaykh al-Tayīb called on the Egyptian Armed Forces to avoid any confrontations among the people.
The amendments announced by Dr. 'Alī al-Silmī, Deputy Prime Minister for Political Development & Democratization, hours after the mass demonstration in al-Tahrīr Square, announced amendments to his document of constitutional principles, which, however, have not satisfied the ambitions of the Islamists.