Sunday, 6 March 2011

Hundreds of Copts protest outside TV building

Hundreds of Coptic protesters gathered outside Egypt's state television building in Cairo on Sunday.

The demonstrators say they are angry at state media for not reporting the burning of a church during a sectarian conflict in a town south of Cairo on Saturday.

The protesters were surrounded by a line of military police wearing riot gear. 

Crosses were held aloft by many of the crowd. Some priests were also present.

A number of small scuffles broke out, but it was not clear what exactly triggered them.

The stretch of the Corniche in front of the TV building is closed to traffic. 

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