The Christians were protesting in Cairo over the events of Sept. 30 when
a Muslim mob that set fire on a church in southern village of Marynab
in Aswan province because they believed the Christians were illegally
constructing a new church. Church officials had documents showing they
had permission to build a new church to replace a previous, run-down one
at the same site.
Under Mubarak-era rules, the
building of a church or repairs for an existing one required permission
from local authorities and the state security agency but since
permission was rarely given, Christians at times resorted to building
churches in secret, often in parish guesthouses.
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