White House response to the violence and killing of Christians in Egypt: "this unrest should not delay elections". Well, wouldn't want to worry our little heads over 25 or more dead Christian people in Egypt, nor would our White House want to let that get in the way of having legitimate elections to officially put the Muslim Brotherhood in office now would we? "Why didn't they do this with the Salafists or the Muslim Brotherhood when they organize protests? This is not my country any more," Alfred Younan, a Copt, said... This was a peaceful protest, with Christians sitting calmly not harming anyone, when they were viciously attacked, first with rocks, then they were actually run over by government vehicles. Obama called for restraint from the Christians.
Egypt's Coptic Christians turned their fury against the army on Monday after at least 25 people were killed when troops broke up a protest, deepening public doubts about the military's ability to steer the country peacefully toward democracy.
In the worst violence since Hosni Mubarak was ousted, armored vehicles sped into a crowd late on Sunday to crack down on a protest near Cairo's state television.
Online videos showed mangled bodies. Activists said some people were crushed by wheels.
Tension between Muslims and minority Coptic Christians has simmered for years but has worsened since the anti-Mubarak revolt, which gave freer rein to Salafist and other strict Islamist groups that the former president had repressed.
But much of the anger from Sunday's violence targeted the army, accused by politicians from all sides of aggravating social tensions through a clumsy response to street violence and not giving a clear timetable for handing power to civilians.
Late on Monday, thousands marched from Cairo's main cathedral to the Coptic hospital where most of the wounded were treated, calling for religious unity and the removal of the head of the ruling military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.
"Why didn't they do this with the Salafists or the Muslim Brotherhood when they organize protests? This is not my country any more," Alfred Younan, a Copt, said near the hospital. (Reuters, continue reading, see video, hat tip Drudge)
From Verum Serum:
Update (8:15 pm PDT): Here’s some raw footage of the Egyptian armored security vehicles driving right through throngs of protesters. Unbelievable. Also, a good timeline of events of the last day, along with live updates, is available here.
U.S. President Barack Obama yesterday called for all sides to refrain from violence.