Ain Shams in Cairo, Egypt was the scene of violent clashes in the morning of May 19.
Thousands of Muslims gathered outside Virgin Mary Church to object its re-opening. The church was closed by state security officials a few years back after a protest conducted by 3,000 Muslim residents in the district.
Unable to secure the area, the army and police decided to close the church, pending results of “reconciliation” talks and until permission is granted for its re-opening from the relevant authorities.
Since then Cairo Governor Abdel Kawy Khalifa and his deputy have paid an official visit to order it re-opened – on the condition that no crosses be placed on the outside of the building and that it should not have a dome.