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Egypt Erupts Again: Christians Resist Muslim Brotherhood President's Power Grab

Coptic VP resigns as assembly rushes to finalize new constitution.
Egypt Erupts Again: Christians Resist Muslim Brotherhood President's Power Grab
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Egypt Erupts Again: Christians Resist Muslim Brotherhood President's Power Grab

The recent deaths of two teenagers best communicate the situation in Egypt today.

Gaber Saleh, a 16-year-old revolutionary activist, was killed in confrontations with police in Tahrir Square last Sunday. That same day, Islam Massoud, a 15-year-old Muslim Brotherhood member, was killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi in Damanhour, a city in the Nile Delta.

The deaths reveal a nation deeply divided by the decision of Morsi last week to appropriate all governing authority until a new Egyptian constitution is completed and a new parliament elected. Protests have broken out throughout the nation; Tahrir Square has once again filled to capacity. Many of Egypt's judges have decried the attack on their independence, with the two highest appellate courts joining others in a nationwide strike.

The nation's Christians are firmly in the opposition camp.

"The whole nation is furious about President Morsi's constitutional declaration," ...

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