Monday, 9 May 2011
Egypt in turmoil again after attacks on two churches
The protesters have voiced their anger over the army's inability to protect them; however, the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces says it has detained more than 190 people involved in the violence who will face military trails, and added that the move should act as a "deterrent" against further violence.
Egypt's Prime Minister Essam Sharaf postponed a visit to the Gulf to hold talks about the most recent troubles within the country. Speaking shortly after the meeting Justice Minister Abdel Aziz Al-Gindi warned that those involved in the violence will face "an iron fist". He added that the government would "immediately and firmly implement the laws that criminalise attacks against places of worship and freedom of belief", allowing for the death penalty to be applied.
The authorities are promising tougher measures religious attacks but it is yet to be seen whether or not those measures will be implemented. Egypt is undergoing security problems since the departure of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, with the discredited police staying out of communal conflicts.
Sources: BBC News, Bloomberg, Reuters
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