Thousands of protesters gathered in the southern Egyptian city of Qena Friday to demonstrate against the appointment of a Coptic Christian governor in the province of the same name.
Gov. Emad Mikhael had been appointed by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf on Thursday, being the only Christian of the 18 governors. Protesters, many of which were Muslim, demonstrated in hopes of forcing Mikhael's resignation.
"A non-Muslim should not rule over Muslims," Mohammed Hamza, 29, said to Bloomberg. "This guy could be shot at if he shows up here."
Tensions also arose from Mikhael's previous association with ousted President Hosni Mubarak, in which he served as a member of the criminal investigations department.
Demonstrators were also opposed to the appointment since the last province's governor was Christian, and considering a "complete failure" according to the Associated Press.
Christians and Muslims in Egypt typically live peacefully; about 10 percent of the country's population is estimated to be Christian.
Fox News reports the Egyptian government would allow the protests to continue, but would intervene if "acts of lawlessness" occurred.