Egypt’s Coptic Christians turned their grief into anger at the army during the first funerals of some of the 25 victims from Sunday night’s unrest.
Mourners wept and wailed for their dead, accusing the country’s generals of failing to protect them from strict Islamists. The clashes had followed Christian protests at an attack on a Coptic church last week.
It was the worst violence since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak, with armoured vehicles seen speeding into crowds, seemingly unconcerned that anyone would be crushed in their path.
For many Christians the bloodshed is proof of army discrimination against their eight million strong minority community and overshadows Egypt’s tentative steps towards democracy in November’s parliamentary poll.