Egypt: Shafiq HQ set on fire
Shortly after the official confirmation of the presidential election results and the two finalists, Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq, the headquarters of the latter was attacked in Cairo. Shafiq came in second place with 23.6% of the vote and is considered the candidate of the old regime.
His supporters have accused the Muslim Brotherhood, whose candidate Mohammed Morsi has collected nearly 25% of the vote, but also young pro democracy activists.
A garage where the campaign materials were stored was set on fire.
"Thugs have arrived, and they set fire to our stock, I do not understand, this is what emerges from the elections, what are they afraid?," said one of Shafiq's activist.
The unrest in Cairo is gathering momentum. As usual it concentrates in Tahrir Square. On Monday night, about 1000 demonstrators opposing Shafiq had gathered there. The former Chief of the Air Force and former Prime Minister is accused of being Mubarak regime's "fouloul" (remnant) by many Egyptians. He campaigned for the return to stability, but his run could be struck before the second round set for the 16 and 17 June. The Egyptian judiciary has set June 11 to rule on a law banning former chiefs of the Mubarak era to stand for election.