Protesters burn and ransack Shafiq's campaign headquarters

Protesters burn and ransack Shafiq's campaign headquarters


Mon, 28/05/2012 - 23:18

A group of protesters stormed the campaign headquarters of presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq late Monday night, ransacking and burning the offices there.

A secretary working at the campaign offices, Heba Hamed, told Egypt Independent that the campaign workers were notified to leave before the fire started and that the intruders had been apprehended. The fire was later extinguished.

An eyewitness told Egypt Independent that some 400 people arrived from the direction of Tahrir Square chanting against feloul, or remnants of the former regime. They broke into the villa near Vini Square in Dokki that hosts Shafiq's offices, and then stole computers and documents and threw some into the street.

Shafiq's supporters gathered outside the headquarters, chanting, "Down with the Supreme Guide [of the Muslim Brotherhood]," and "The poll will show Shafiq is the President."

Earlier Monday, the Presidential Elections Commission announced that Shafiq, Mubarak's last Prime Minister and former airforce general, would proceed to a runoff against the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsy.

Shafiq finished second in the presidential election, asserting his credentials as the candidate most able to return security to Egypt.