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Violent protest in Cairo over church building

Violent protest in Cairo over church building
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One person is dead and some 30 injured after clashes in Cairo over the construction of a church building.

Hundreds of Christians fought running battles with riot police after authorities stopped the expansion of the building.

The Orthodox Coptic Christians maintain they had an official permit.

But authorities say permission was given for the expansion of a cultural centre and not something that resembles a church.

One young female demonstrator said: “They have the right to build their mosques and everything else, but we don’t have the right. And this is our country. We were born here. We should have the right to build in our country.”

In Muslim-majority Egypt, Christians make up 10 percent of the population, and

Christian demonstrations on this scale are rare.