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Egypt: Bloodbath at Maspero

December 14, 2011|

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A protester with blood on his shirt in downtown Cairo during an army attack on a protest of Coptic Christians and their supporters. Image by Sharif Abdel Kouddous. Egypt, October 2011.

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A man holds up the Egyptian flag and a cross in downtown Cairo during an army attack on a protest of Coptic Christians. Image by Sharif Abdel Kouddous. Egypt, October 2011.

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A crowd gathers near an ambulance carrying those wounded in the attack. Image by Sharif Abdel Kouddous. Egypt, October 2011.

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Protesters run as tear gas is fired by the army. Image by Sharif Abdel Kouddous. Egypt, October 2011.

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Protesters gather outside the Coptic hospital in Cairo the day after an army attack left 26 dead. Image by Sharif Abdel Kouddous. Egypt, October 2011.

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Protesters in the courtyard of the Coptic hospital carry the coffins of those killed. Image by Sharif Abdel Kouddous. Egypt, October 2011.

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Coffins are lifted into the crowd of protesters in the courtyard of the Coptic hospital. Image by Sharif Abdel Kouddous. Egypt, October 2011.

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Coffins lined up by the morgue of the Coptic hospital. Image by Sharif Abdel Kouddous. Egypt, October 2011.

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A friend weeps over the coffin of Mina Daniel, a 25 year-old activist killed a day earlier in downtown Cairo in an army attack on a protest of Coptic Christians and their supporters. Image by Sharif Abdel Kouddous. Egypt, October 2011.

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A truck carrying ice arrives at the Coptic hospital to preserve the bodies so that autopsies can be performed. Image by Sharif Abdel Kouddous. Egypt, October 2011.

On October 9th, the army attacked a demonstration of thousands of Coptic Christians and their supporters gathered in front of the State TV and Radio headquarters — known locally as "Maspero" — in downtown Cairo. Soldiers and military police fired live ammunition and drove armored personnel carriers at high speeds into the crowd. At least 26 people were killed and more than 300 wounded. The incident was the bloodiest act of repression by the Egyptian army since it took the reins of power on February 11. The scene at the Coptic hospital the following afternoon was harrowing. Families and friends of the victims crowded into an open-air courtyard at the hospital morgue to mourn the dead. The coffins remained empty as families and lawyers worked to get autopsies that would officially record the cause of death.