Egypt crowd attacks candidate's office
Sunday, May 27, 2012
CAIRO (AP) -- Security officials and witnesses say several hundred people have ransacked the campaign headquarters of an Egyptian presidential candidate who was ousted President Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister.
The crowd attacked Ahmed Shafiq's Cairo office, smashing windows, tossing out campaign signs and tearing up posters. Then they set fire to the building. No one was hurt.
The attack comes just hours after the country's election commission announced Monday that Shafiq would face the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohammed Morsi, in a June 16-17 runoff for the presidency.
Shafiq is opposed by the revolutionaries who helped toppled Mubarak last year, while many also fear the Brotherhood's religious rhetoric.
Protests also erupted in downtown Cairo and the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria.