Egyptian Christians demonstrated on Monday in Alexandria and Cairo to call for more protection after two days of clashes that left a burned-out church and 12 deaths.
Many people think law and order is weak since the army took over and the police have lost authority, leading to local disputes escalating. Arab League leader, Amr Moussa, was asked if a conference between Muslims and Coptic Christians could be organised:
“This is a very critical situation and it is aiming to destroy or damage society and blow up Egypt. And I am asking the high Military Council and the Egyptian government to hold a conference to gather university scientists, Egyptian thinkers and everybody who understands and can help in this critical situation,” he said.
When the army took over it allowed back into the country thousands of Muslim militants. Some are blaming this for the rise in sectarian tensions. Radical clerics preaching the strict Salafist interpretation of Islam are increasingly vocal, whereas in the past the Mubarak regime silenced them.