Egypt: Cracking Down

Sadat locks up his opponents

Tensions between Egypt's 37 million Muslims and 6 million Coptic Christians had been mounting in an ever more violent spiral for months. In June, fighting erupted among rival worshipers in a Cairo slum and left at least 14 dead. Soldiers were posted in front of Coptic churches but failed to thwart a bomb attack in August, on a Coptic wedding party, that killed three, including two Muslim guests. Last week President Anwar Sadat made good on his threat to deal harshly with what his government has described as "sectarian sedition." In the most sweeping crackdown...

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