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Egyptian Coptic protester killed in police clash

11-25-2010 14:50 BJT

by Omnia Al Desoukie

CAIRO, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Egyptian Coptic Christians clashed separately with the police in Cairo early Wednesday in protest against the freeze of building a church, leaving one protester killed.

More than 3,000 Christian protestors gathered in Cairo's Giza Governorate, rallying for the third day running to protest the refusal of the authorities to allow them to finish building a new church in Giza's district of al-Omraniya, according to the official MENA news agency.

Witnesses said the security force broke into the church at 4 a. m. (0200 GMT), and then Copts clashed with the police. Protesters tried to storm the office building of Giza Governorate and blocked the Al-Ahram street, Giza's main road for two hours.

"They broke into the church while people were praying," claimed Michael George, an eye witness.

Protestors hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at police and smashed cars. Some buildings around the Giza governorate's office and public property were damaged.

Security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd and arrested nearly 100 protesters.

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