They spent 18 days united in Tahrir Square in what has become known as the Egyptian revolution. But barely three months later, there appear to be divisions.
Violence rocked Cairo this weeked as Coptic Christians and Muslims clashed, leaving at least 12 people killed and hundreds more injured.
But who is behind the conflict? Who stands to gain the most? And how far will it go?
Inside Story, with presenter Dareen Abughaida, discusses with Michael Mounir, a Coptic activist and lobbyist, who has been working to get Egyptian Copts proper representation in government; Sharif Abdel Kouddous, a correspondent at Democracy Now!; and Rabab El-Mahdi, a political activist and professor of political science at the American University in Cairo.
This episode of Inside Story aired from Tuesday, May 9, 2011.