Cairo: some 34 detainees, 55 injured in confrontation
between the police, Copts
The Egyptian authorities announced it
detained 34 Christians during demonstrations on allegations on kidnapping of a
woman and forcing her to embrace Islam.
Security sources said that 55 persons including 24 policemen were injured in
clashes took place on Wednesday at the entrance of the Coptic cathedral in Cairo. The sources added
that the majority of the injuries took place because of throwing stones from
inside the cathedral complex at the policemen and the passersby.
Hundreds of Copts are organizing an open sit-in in the Cathedral demanding the
authorities to bring back wife Wafa Qistantin to her husband the minister of Abu al-Matamir village in al-Buheira
governorate to the northern west of Cairo.
The protesters said that Muslims kidnapped the wife and forced her to embrace
Islam, while the security officials said she had left her husband at her own
will. The confrontations took place in the first hours of yesterday morning
when the church authorities notified the protesters that the woman is under its
control and they have to disperse. The security sources said that the police
permitted the protesters to leave the square of the Cathedral in small groups
but detained 34 Christians suspected to have had attacked the police.