January 13th, 2011
10:44 AM ET

Police face off with Christian protesters in Cairo

From Ian Lee, For CNN

More than 1,000 police officers shut Cairo's Mansheyit Nasr district Wednesday after clashing with hundreds of Christian protesters.

Rocks and shards of glass littered the street as helmeted police carrying riot shields and nightsticks stood guard.

Officials on the scene offered no explanation as to the cause of the protest. Journalists were restricted from entering the area. Wounded officers were seen being helped to leave the area.

Injuries were reported on both sides, but numbers could not be confirmed.

Police were also seen dragging protesters away.

Mansheyit Nasr is home to Cairo's Zabaleen, the thousands of predominantly Coptic Christians who collect and sort garbage. Tensions between the Coptic community and the government have been heightened since May 2009, when foreign trash-collecting companies were brought in to replace the Zabaleen, and their pigs were culled during the swine flu outbreak.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Coptic • Egypt • Violence

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Muneef

    Birds : A Lesson For You And Me
    by Asma bint Shameem

    January 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  2. tryingtounderstand

    It doesn't surprise me they aren't letting journalists into the area. The Zabaleen live in that area because they aren't allowed to live in the city – they used pigs to help get rid of the waste which the majority of the society in Cairo (Muslims) won't live near. The trash city holds the largest church in the middle east – maybe they were just trying to have a worship service, maybe the police were there inciting the violence. Egypt's government has no lost love of Christians – just listen to what the Black Pope has to say about them. Police have stood by many times to allow acts of violence against Christians throughout all of Egypt. as to the swine flu – their swine didn't even have the disease and the government ordered the killing of all of their pigs.

    January 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  3. Muneef

    Well it seems that their living was being damaged by foreign companies taking over their profession and having lost many pigs slaughtered because of the swine flu...they are broke in need of support and opportunities to make a living...

    January 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  4. Reality

    Worth reiterating:

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity by the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" will quickly converge these religions into some simple rules of life (e.g. Do No Harm). No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired. Ditto for houses and classes of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues

    January 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Muneef


      You know although have disagreed with you for so long and tried to defend and protect Islam and Religion but some how now I agree with you that it is better to live as secular nations even if had religions among our communities...?

      You will ask me why I will say it is true Religions can not be taken or depended on as rulers! Again you will ask why that is?
      I will say seeing who Religions became very very Rich from it's followers but will not support the living of other poor branches of their faith! We see here that the rich Christian branches are not supporting for example this Coptic branch in Egypt working as Rubbish collectors and junk yards? Say have Christians helped it to have a decent life or at least develop what they know best with equipment's at least towards recycling as green move this way they would have helped them needy for decent living and conserved environment and nature? But instead of that they would ignore of compel them to become into their path before they give a lending hand or assistance....?!? Well am not saying Christians among them selves only but even for Islam and Judos are no different from that and that's why you have uneven wealth and growth distribution !?
      We have a saying that says "To cut mans living is like cutting his head and those who depend on him for support"!? This is called Poverty and Hunger which makes Man Angry and who becomes Angry Rebels against all if no justice or mercy found in to undertaking terrorist acts against the di-scrim-inating systems on basis of Faith or Path or Race !? Any statistics how many poor and rich from the branches of each faith of at least the three Abrahamic faiths or Religions ?!? Only then we will know how cruel they are to each other when God says in his scriptures that we are all descended from one nation..the nation that were saved by Noah's Ark PBUH...! We are one nation being on the Faith of Abraham and derived from him and his followers!? But still Brother to Brother or Faith to Faith or Path to Path or Branch to branch are being stingy to each other and Greed drive them against each other, the living being means nothing to them as being just a Mankind a Human Being a creation among creations...!? So it is either with us or against us thing...!?
      We have to drive those branches to share love,charity and respect of belief among them selves and then driving those three Religions to have the same among them selves only then we will see peace and prosperity on people of earth and only then you will find disbelievers believe that there is God because there is love of sharing and caring among all otherwise sorry to say Religions are no different than Gangsters who have no love for God Creations believers or not...!?
      Peace to you Reality and Guys for helping me to realize why you dispute religions and not for disbelieving but for knowing that this is not what is reflected on earth towards each other as you saw more hate among them than it is love and more wars among them than it is peace...?!?
      But surely what we are doing is not the right solution to correct this and to make them do what they should for good deeds causes and not co-nspir-acy causes..nor for ra-ci-al causes....!? The Charity is to help them to make a decent living and not to feed them only doing nothing,but are to get them to help and support them selves making a living...!? And such as those could be become the driving force for nature conservation and green recycling projects and so on....?!                           

      January 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  5. CW

    As a christian....no christian wants to incite vio-lenc-e so I would say that this isn't an example of christians acting as they should. I will say though that we as christians are supposed to defend our beliefs and anyone who wants to say this is wrong is...in my view very wrong.

    January 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Gary

      @cw many different denominations of Christianity. Seems to me no two "Christians" are exactly alike in their interpretations. I am agnostic wife and kids are catholic many non catholics try to convert my wife??? ....Egypt has some very interesting history but I refuse to travel to middle east. I have no patience for religion and terror.

      January 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Peace2All


      Hey -CW...

      You Said: "As a christian....no christian wants to incite vio-lenc-e so I would say that this isn't an example of christians acting as they should."

      And, how exactly "should" Christians act...?

      You Said: "I will say though that we as christians are supposed to defend our beliefs and anyone who wants to say this is wrong is...in my view very wrong."

      I'm sincerely curious... If you can answer my question 'without' quoting biblical scripture at me, that would be great. My question is... 'Why' are you Christians (supposed) to (defend) your 'beliefs'...?

      What is this need to defend... 'beliefs' which are not necessarily -facts...? Some people are just not going to agree with you, and are going to say things that are contrary to your beliefs...period.

      My point being, there seems to me, no need to 'defend' a 'belief system.' If you believe you just -know, somehow that you believe that you are right, what's all the fuss about...?


      January 14, 2011 at 2:20 am |
  6. HotAirAce

    I will wait for more information before saying much more but I do wonder about supposedly peaceful christians being involved in a rock throwing incident... Anyone know the story behind the story?

    January 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • jeff

      Jesus is our rock, so maybe they were sharing the good news.. those pesky Christians do like to evangelize at every opportunity... 🙂

      grace and peace,


      January 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Peace2All


      -lol... In a strange and twisted Christian joke sorta' way... that was actually kinda' funny !


      January 14, 2011 at 2:11 am |
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