A year ago today, the Egyptian army violently repressed a protest led by Coptic Christian activists across from Maspero, the building where Egyptian state TVand radio are headquartered in Central Cairo. Panicking soldiers crushed protestors with their APCs and fired live ammunition, and state television incited against Christians. Later that evening, mobs of Muslims attacked Christians and Muslims who had taken part in the protest. Twenty-seven protestors died during the clashes, as well as an unknown number of soldiers.
The Egyptian military in charge at that time promised an investigation but also alleged that "hidden forces" were responsibile for the clashes to discredit the military. The investigation has not yielded any results thus far. There is a march at Maspero today to commemorate the massacre.
Below is our coverage at the time:
- Maspero and sectarianism in Egypt
- More on Maspero
- One more thing about Maspero
- Notes from a shell-shocked Egypt
- In Translation: Alaa Abdel Fattah on Meena Daniel
- Bullets from Maspero
- Podcast #15: After Maspero
- Podcast: Interview with Youssef Sidhoum
- New video on Maspero