Deaths Reported at Coptic Church Riot in Egypt
Three people were killed in Alexandria, Egypt riots on Saturday. They were protesting against a play put on at a Coptic Church in 2003! DVD’s were sold about the play that some took as offensive to Islam.
More than 2,000 Muslims protest outside a Coptic Christian church in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, Egypt, Friday, Oct.21, 2005, demanding an apology for a drama presented in the church deemed by them as offensive to Islam. A police official said the angry protesters shouted slogans and lobbed stones on the St. Gergis church breaking several of its windows and causing damage to the facade. (AP)
Three people have died during a riot outside a Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt, after a protest against a play accused of offending Islam.
Police used sticks and tear gas to hold back a crowd of some 5,000 protesters who marched on St George’s church.
Dozens of people were injured in the crush. One man who died was trampled and had inhaled tear gas, police said.
On Wednesday, a Muslim man stabbed a nun in protest at the sale of a DVD of the play, staged at the church in 2003.
The demonstration was the latest in a series of incidents at the church related to the performance of the play.
Egyptian police fire tear gas after more than 2,000 Muslims protested outside a Coptic Christian church in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, Egypt, Friday, Oct.21, 2005, demanding an apology for a drama presented in the church deemed by them as offensive to Islam. A police official said the angry protesters, shouting slogans, lobbed stones on the St. Gergis church breaking several of its windows and causing damage to its facade. (AP)
The play in question, called “I Once Was Blind But Now I See,” is a tale of a Copt who is almost killed by Islamist militants. It was staged at the church in 2003.
Church leaders say the play isn’t a knock in Islam, but criticizes the dangers of religious extremism.
A nun was stabbed Wednesday by a Muslim man protesting a DVD of the play.
A Coptic Nun was stabbed inside St. Gergis Church on Wednesday. She was in stable condition after a lung operation following the attack.
An Egyptian Coptic nun lies on the ground Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, after a Muslim student stabbed and slightly wounded her at the St. Gergis church in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, Egypt, amid tensions over a theater performance considered offensive by Muslims, a police official said. (AP)
Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd, which had pelted them with stones and re-grouped several times throughout the day.
Seven Christian-owned shops were attacked, Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported.
Shawn Wassan at Bare Knuckle Politics has the video of the ptotests today.