Friday, April 21, 2006
Last June, I saw a Kefaya-led protest march through Shubra calling for democracy and an end to Mubarak's rule. Today, via Issandr, I find Big Pharaoh's coverage of a national unity demonstration in the same place. The immediate spur is intercommunal violence which has taken place in Alexandria. While Big Pharaoh is right that the groups involved lack grassroots support, the positive reaction from the crowd shows that while religious chauvinism and prejudice is a major problem in Egypt, the feelings are far from universal, and I suspect that a huge majority of Egyptian Muslims are not generally anti-Christian, and would hate the accusation enough to become even less so when violence breaks out.