Under en religiøs fest for egyptiske shiaer, stormet en mobb av sunnier et shia-hus i Kairo og drepte fire. Deretter ble likene slept gjennom gatene, til ropene «vantro! vantro».
Den islamistiske bølgene rommer en fanatisme og hat mot annerledestroende som krigen i Syria har aksentuert. Sosiale medier som tidligere ble brukt til å styrte Mubarak, brukes nå til å hisse til hat mot minoriteter. Shiaer utgjør bare noen promille av befolkningen i Egypt, men utgjør likevel hundretusener.
Situasjonen blir ekstra alvorlig fordi politiet forholder seg passivt og ikke griper inn
a mob in a Cairo suburb was raiding a house where Shi’ites were marking a religious festival, killing four and dragging bodies through the streets to cries of «Infidels!».
Local people said police stood by and failed to intervene.
The unusually violent attack on a minority barely visible in predominantly Sunni Muslim Egypt – although, even at less than 1 percent of the population, Shi’ites still number in the hundreds of thousands – was in part a reflection of sectarian passions inflamed across the Middle East by the war in Syria.
But for the Egyptian opposition, it was also held up as more evidence that Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood have allied with harder line Islamists to intimidate those who joined them in ousting Hosni Mubarak but who now criticise their handling of a crisis-hit economy and fear they will entrench Islamic rule.
An opposition campaign for mass rallies demanding Mursi’s resignation on June 30, the anniversary of his inauguration, has been preceded by shows of strength by his supporters. More are planned across the country, starting on Tuesday.