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Copts maintain Cairo sit-in for sixth day running

Reconciliation efforts seem to have reduced Muslim-Christian tensions in the village of Soul, but thousands of angry Copts and sympathetic Muslims maintain their protest outside the state TV building for a sixth day

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For the sixth day in a row, Copts are protesting the torching of a church in the village of Soul in front of the state television building in Cairo.

By Dina Samak

3/10/2011 Egypt (Ahram) – For the sixth day in a row the Coptic sit-in in front of the state television building in Cairo continues. The crowds are protesting the torching of a church in the village of Soul on the outskirts of Helwan.

The protesters insist on continuing their protests until all their demands are met. These include the arrest of those behind the torching of the church, the immediate construction of a new church in the same site, and dismissing the governor of Helwan who the protesters see as responsible for the incident.

Eyewitnesses in the village of Soul say that the village seems to be less tense following the visit of a number of political and religious figures to the village yesterday. However, a sit-in by some of the Muslims of the village in the vicinity of the church still continues, but in smaller numbers.

Many Muslims have joined the sit-in in Cairo to show solidarity with the Coptic demands, whilst a big demonstration is being organized tomorrow for the same purpose. The Coptic Church is also expected to send a group of representatives to the sit-in to convince the protesters to give the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces a chance to contain the situation.

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