Eyewitness in Cairo: Copts were gunned down by military|8Oct11|Socialist Worker
Coptic Christians had been staging a peaceful march from the working class district of Shubra to Maspero, in downtown Cairo, to denounce sectarian attacks against churches.
The international media has reported there were “clashes”—but the truth is the authorities cracked down brutally using live ammunition, while army armoured vehicles ran over protesters in cold blood.
The army also stormed the offices of two TV stations, taking them off air, to try to stop the broadcast of the videos of the attacks.
Egyptian state TV has been inciting sectarian strife, alleging Christians were armed and that they attacked the army. It also called on the “public” to take to the streets to “protect” the army. Thugs, armed with sticks and knives, attacked protesters, responding to the sectarian calls.