Both the New York Times and Al Jazeera are reporting on an outbreak of deadly protests in Egypt. Members of the Coptic Church marched to protest a church that was burned in southern Egypt, and more generally the failure of the ruling military leadership to provide adequate security and protection to the Christian minority. At some point, “thugs” met the crowd. At another point, the army met the crowd as well. Somewhere within, violence broke out, leading to the deaths of at least 24 people. Muslims were standing alongside the Christians as well as opposite them during the chaos. From the Times article:
State news media reported that at least three security officers had died in attacks by Christian protesters, though those accounts could not be confirmed. The protesters did not appear to be armed and they insisted they were peaceful until they were attacked.
In retaliation, military vehicles began driving into protesters, killing at least six, including one with a crushed skull, several witnesses said. Some said they saw more than 15 mangled bodies. Photographs said to depict some of them circulated online.
This is certainly a discouraging development for Egypt. What are everyone’s thoughts on what we are seeing? Indicative of bad things to come, or an odd blip?