Back to the Bad Old Days?


Security forces in Cairo were blamed for the deaths of 24 Christian Copts who had been protesting the desecration of a church in the south of the country. Activists claim they were marching peacefully when set upon by soldiers, a charge denied by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the military body that has ruled Egypt since the toppling of long-ruling autocrat Hosni Mubarak in February. The council instead points to troublemakers among the demonstrators. Critics fear that the military is tacitly stoking sectarian tensions, a tactic used at times by...

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