Saturday, October 22, 2005

Egyptian Riot Kills 1, Injures 90

CNN reports that one person was killed and ninety were injured clashing with police in Alexandria, Egypt.
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) -- One person died and more than 90 were injured as thousands of Muslims rioted outside a Coptic Christian church Friday to denounce a play deemed offensive to Islam. Police responded by beating protesters and firing tear gas into the crowd, officials said.
Egypt's Interior Ministry described the rioters as "fanatic elements". Indeed, 5,000 "fanatic elements". And what caused this outbreak of violence?
The riot was sparked by the distribution of a DVD of a play that was performed at the church two years ago. The play, "I Was Blind But Now I Can See," tells the story of a young Christian who converts to Islam and becomes disillusioned.
I see.