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May Timeline

1 May, Sunday

Egyptian Labor Day

2 May, Monday

Two men were killed and the Shahedain church set on fire during clashes between Muslim and Christian families in the village of Sol, south of Cairo. The violence was triggered by a feud between the families over a romantic relationship between a Christian man and a Muslim woman.

The "Mubarak" metro stop was re-named "Al-Shohadaa" (the martyrs).

5 May, Thursday

Egypt’s former interior minister Habib al-Adli was sentenced to twelve years in prison for money laundering

8 May, Sunday

Clashes in Imbaba neighborhood in Cairo between Coptic Christians and salafist Muslims began over rumors that a Christian woman wanted to convert to Islam but was being held at a church in order to prevent her from doing so. The clashes killed twelve, wounded 100 and two churches were burnt in the Imbaba district.

9 May, Monday

Protests by several hundred Copts and their supporters began, with demonstrators demanding the arrest of those who attacked Copts in Imbaba on the 8th.

14 May, Saturday

Copts held mass in front of the Maspero Building, home of the Egyptian Radio and TV union in Cairo. Gasoline bombs and rocks were hurled at the protesters. The opposing mob also fired shots and burned cars. No deaths were reported though some were injured. Some Muslims were also wounded in the clash.

15 May, Sunday

Day eight of the Copts’ protests in front of the Maspero building.

Protesters burn the Israeli flag and marched from Tahrir to the Embassy in memory of Nakba Day and to demand that aid be allowed through to Gaza.

17 May, Tuesday

The Coptic protests continue. Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria and Ahmed al-Tayeb the Grand Sheik of Azhar met to discuss the recent sectarian violence.

18 May, Wednesday

SCAF agreed to meet some of the Copts’ demands and so the Coptic Christians agreed to end their sit-in.

19 May, Thursday

Salafis enter into politics with a new party “Al-Nur.

20 May, Friday

Protesters gathered in Tahrir calling for Mubarak’s trial and rejecting reconciliation with the former regime.

21 May, Saturday

The week long National Accord Conference began where government officials, legal scholars and political activists met to discuss Egypt’s constitution

Portesters gathered outside a courtroom in Cairo during the former interior minister Habab al-Adli’s trial.

22 May, Sunday

Muslim Brotherhood members called for Egyptians to avoid the protests being planned on 27 May.

24 May, Tuesday

Former president Mubarak is given orders to stand trial and face charges of premeditated murder against the protesters during the 18-day revolution that ousted him from power.

27 May, Friday

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Tahrir for what was called the “Second Friday of Anger.”  Parallel protests were held in Alexandria, Suez, Ismailia, Gharbeya and other areas, making these the largest demonstrations since Mubarak’s resignation. Protesters called for quick trials of members of Mubarak’s regime as well as state media reforms and for corrupt university officials to step down. They also demanded an end to military trials for civilians.

28 May, Saturday

The Egyptian government opened its border between Gaza and Egypt.

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