Egypt poll turns violent, Shafiq’s head office set ablaze

A group of unruly protesters ransacked and set ablaze the campaign headquarters of Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq in Cairo, after the Election Commission announced that Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister made it into a run-off vote with an Islamist rival. Some 400 people arrived from the direction of Tahrir Square shouting slogans against remnants of the former regime last night.

They broke into the villa in Dokki neighbourhood that houses Shafiq’s offices, stole computers and documents and threw some into the street, an eyewitness said.

The protesters also set fire to an annex of Shafiq’s office, hours after election commission announced that the second round of the historic polls is to be held between Muslim Brotherhood candidate Muhamamd Mursi and Shafiq, a former Prime Minister and also a former Air Force commander.

A secretary working at Shafiq’s campaign offices told Egypt Independent that the campaign workers were told to leave before the fire started.

The fire was later extinguished without causing any casualties. Some suspects have been arrested, police said.

Shafiq’s supporters later gathered outside the headquarters, chanting, “Down with the Supreme Guide (of the Muslim Brotherhood),” and “The poll will show Shafiq is the President”.

Last week’s voting was Egypt’s first freely contested presidential election. Two of the defeated candidates earlier demanded a recount, citing violations, a claim rejected by the High Commission for Elections.

HT

  • dateam

    So much for the revolution…..it’s an absolute insult to the people…..just like in Yemen where they had elections with one candidate who was salehs vice president…..now for the next round

    • Moe2000

       That’s funny Yemen had one man candidate elections.

      • 5thDrawer

        Smaller place … and maybe more than 75% of Yeminis can read ??

        • dateam

          its pathetic isnt it that in this day and age people in certain countries vote via looking at pictures because they cant read and write….i know everyone bags out iran but look at it…its had sanctions since 1979 yet look how far it has advanced and become almost self sufficient….look at the so called friends of the west saudia arabia,pakistan,yemen,egypt etc their people have just gotten nowhere

      • dateam

        yes thats right and god bless saudia arabia they were happy…meanwhile saleh was sitting in the ritz carlton hotel in new york supposedly for medical treatment????

    • TripleC1

       You really want the Muslim Brotherhood to gain power? Unless you are a salifist your crazy. LOL I knew all along that the army would never give up control since the US wouldn’t allow it. Duh.

      • 5thDrawer

        Another bunch of ‘Supremes’ isn’t what ‘the people’ were asking for … although we see who benefitted.

      • dateam

        no i dont i was afraid to mention it as well because they jump up and down sometimes on this site…im trying to be slightly diplomatic…if you want the truth the brotherhood stole the revolution in my opinion from the youth….when the youth were demonstarting if you recall they still went ahead with the elections …the youth boycotted and the brotherhood are now cheering….its a joke….i also believe the people of egypt are still being conned …mubarak is still running egypt its all his people still in power….noone in this region comes and stays in power unless supported by certain countries….

  • dateam

    So much for the revolution…..it’s an absolute insult to the people…..just like in Yemen where they had elections with one candidate who was salehs vice president…..now for the next round

    • Moe2000

       That’s funny Yemen had one man candidate elections.

      • 5thDrawer

        Smaller place … and maybe more than 75% of Yeminis can read ??

        • dateam

          its pathetic isnt it that in this day and age people in certain countries vote via looking at pictures because they cant read and write….i know everyone bags out iran but look at it…its had sanctions since 1979 yet look how far it has advanced and become almost self sufficient….look at the so called friends of the west saudia arabia,pakistan,yemen,egypt etc their people have just gotten nowhere

      • dateam

        yes thats right and god bless saudia arabia they were happy…meanwhile saleh was sitting in the ritz carlton hotel in new york supposedly for medical treatment????

    • TripleC1

       You really want the Muslim Brotherhood to gain power? Unless you are a salifist your crazy. LOL I knew all along that the army would never give up control since the US wouldn’t allow it. Duh.

      • 5thDrawer

        Another bunch of ‘Supremes’ isn’t what ‘the people’ were asking for … although we see who benefitted.

      • dateam

        no i dont i was afraid to mention it as well because they jump up and down sometimes on this site…im trying to be slightly diplomatic…if you want the truth the brotherhood stole the revolution in my opinion from the youth….when the youth were demonstarting if you recall they still went ahead with the elections …the youth boycotted and the brotherhood are now cheering….its a joke….i also believe the people of egypt are still being conned …mubarak is still running egypt its all his people still in power….noone in this region comes and stays in power unless supported by certain countries….