Friday, May 13, 2011

Egypt: Sectarian Tensions And Authoritarian Temptations

By Steven Cook

The good news is that the government has acted swiftly in the aftermath of the last week’s violence. Prime Minister Essam Sharaf announced the promulgation of new laws protecting houses of worship and 23 salafists and 200 others were arrested on Thursday in connection with the attacks on Christians. Egyptians have also signaled that they are not going to countenance threats to social cohesion. Tens of thousands took to Tahrir Square again today in part to celebrate national unity (they were also there to express solidarity with the Palestinian people). Still, the attacks in Imbaba remain profoundly unsettling because they are precisely the kind of events that counterrevolutionary groups can exploit going forward.

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