Globe Trot: Attacks continue on Coptic Christians in Cairo
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/08/13, 11:18 am
Christians at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo came under attack yesterday. Almost three-dozen people were injured and one may have been killed, according to Morning Star News, in an attack that took place even as mourners were attending a funeral service for four Copts killed last week in an anti-Christian rampage. Police also did nothing as the attackers scaled the walls of the cathedral compound. Morning Star News witnessed one police officer sitting in a riot-control vehicle who fired a tear-gas grenade into the cathedral compound.
Blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng is scheduled to testify on Tuesday before the same U.S. congressional committee he testified to a year ago via cell phone from China. It will be Chen’s first personal appearance on Capitol Hill since his dramatic escape from brutal and illegal house arrest last April and the subsequent high-stakes U.S.-China negotiations he launched after seeking refuge at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
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