Cairo Rocked By Military Violence

My latest for New Matilda:


Was it sectarian violence that shook Cairo over the weekend – or anger about the military government? Austin Mackell reports from Cairo on the consequences of the massacre for Egyptian democracy

The violence that rocked Cairo last sunday left at least two dozen dead and hundreds more wounded — and with at least 20 people arrested and due to face Egypt’s notorious military courts. The victims were mostly Coptic Christian protesters and the violence has been reported in many outlets as “sectarian clashes”.

If that were the case, however, why was it that inside Cairo’s Coptic cathedral, the funeral chants called not for revenge against Muslims, but forthe fall of Field Marshal Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy, the head of the Supreme Military Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) which has been ruling the country since the resignation of Hosni Mubarak?

It probably because what took place outside the Maspiro state television building was more a case of the army attacking protesters than Muslims attacking Christians (though that certainly happened too).

Read the rest here.


About Austin G. Mackell

I am a freelance journalist who has worked for a variety of corporate and community outlets from my hometown of Sydney and from the Middle East, including from Lebanon during Israels 2006 invasion and from Iran during the tumultuous presidential elections there in 2009. I have recently moved to Cairo to watch the revolutions in Arab world unfold.
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One Response to Cairo Rocked By Military Violence

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