Court adjourns trial of activists who protested in Coptic solidarity

An Egyptian court on Thursday postponed the trial of eight leftist activists who were protesting in Cairo in solidarity with Coptic Christians following an Alexandria church attack on New Year’s Eve which left 23 killed, a judicial source said.  

The activists belong to the Socialist Renewal Current, a small leftist group which was established last year.  

They were arrested on Sunday while they were demonstrating in Cairo’s Christian-dominated Shubra neighborhood to call for equal treatment of the Christian minority.

The Rawd al-Farag Misdemeanor Court adjourned on Thursday the activists’ trial until 13 January, a security source said.  

The defendants were charged with rioting, disturbing the peace, and vandalizing public property.

North Cairo District Attorney Mohamed al-Daba told the court that the activists also injured four policemen.

Earlier, investigators said that the accused shattered the glass of 21 police vehicles, four microbuses, and ten private cars.


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