Charges filed against Alex church protesters

Egypt’s general prosecution has charged eight Muslim activists were protesting in solidarity with Christian Copts with illegal rallying, rioting, damaging public property, and assailing police officers on duty.

The eight were arrested during a huge protest which took place in the largely Coptic district of Shubra over the the death of 23 Christians and injury of up to 100 after a suicide bombing that targeted a church in Alexandria on New Year’s Eve.

Investigations found that the arrested rioters hurled stones at security forces, injuring 20 officers.

They are accused of pulling bricks out from pavements and hurling them at nearby cars, damaging 20 vehicles, including ten police cars.

The arrested persons have denied the charges, saying they were surprised to have been arrested.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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