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Christians Killed, Injured in Arab Spring Fallout

The bloodiest day since Egypt’s uprising was caused by a peaceful Christian protest.

As Egypt plans to hold parliamentary elections November 28 and rebuild its government following the events of the Arab Spring, a peaceful Christian-led protest turned into a bloody scene Sunday, leaving 25 to 35 people dead and 300 to perhaps 500 injured. The dead are believed to be mostly Christians.

Videos have shown that military police went to stop the protest, shooting, releasing tear gas, beating people with batons, and running people over with their trucks. Protestors maintain they had no weapons and were attacked by police and thugs, although early reports from Egypt's liberal media stated the protestors started the brutality and army personnel were killed (no army members were listed in the fatalities).

Coptic Christians have led protests in the months following the Arab Spring. Egyptian believers—the country's minority at 10 percent—have faced hindrances in society. After President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, more attacks against churches and Christian communities have ...

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