Egypt: missionary warns of growing tensions

Pyramids at Giza - ICN

Pyramids at Giza - ICN

The climate in Egypt has changed following yesterday's  clashes between peaceful demonstrators in Tahrir Square and the supporters of Mubarak, an Italian missionary working in Cairo said today.

Comboni Missionary Father Luciano Verdoscia said that some believed the clashes were caused by paid supporters of Mubarak, or militias from the National Party.  

Fr Luciano said: "I have seen some shady types around. They are spreading unconfirmed rumours about the presence of foreign provokers. There is a hardening by the regime against the foreign media. They issued a statement  which urges foreigners not to leave the house, especially after midday.”

“Before the clashes, the climate was very different,” the missionary said.  “The previous violence occurred because of police intervention, which I can personally testify to, because it took place under our windows. We live in the centre of Cairo where it all began. Now, however, tempers are heating up."

"We need to see tomorrow what will happen after the prayer,” says Father Luciano. “There are many people who support Mubarak. In my opinion they may count for 40% of the population, particularly persons from the high and middle-upper classes. Remember that the division between rich and poor in Egypt is very deep and evident.”

“I hope this will not have a bloody ending, because what has occurred in recent days the people have demonstrated nobility, gentleness and courage" he concluded.

Source: Fides

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