Egypt: Anger growing after Mubarak verdict

Published June 3rd, 2012 - 08:45 GMT

The election headquarters of Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmad Shafiq, the last Prime Minister in Hosni Mubarak's era, were attacked early Sunday morning in two towns, said security officials. The campaign headquarters of Mr. Shafiq in Cairo had already been attacked last Monday.

A group of unknown persons raided the campaign headquarters of Shafiq in Fayoum, south of Cairo, before setting it on fire, said a security official. In Hurghada, located on the Red Sea, the premises were vandalized and windows were broken. The fire was contained in Fayoum and calm was restored around the two buildings in both cities, the source said.

Mr. Shafiq is facing the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi in the second round on 16 and 17 June. The former prime minister is hated by pro-democracy activists who started the revolt against Hosni Mubarak last year, accusing him of being the "man of the military council," who runs the country since the fall of Mubarak and see him as a symbol of the old regime.

These new incidents come after the conviction of the deposed president to life imprisonment and the acquittal of six former senior security officials, prompting thousands of angry Egyptians into the streets across the country. Tahrir Square in central Cairo was busy Sunday morning by hundreds of demonstrators protesting against the acquittal. "We intend to stay today and possibly tomorrow. We expect a lot more people in the day, "said one young protester, Omar Abdelkader.

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