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Egypt: Ghad Party Headquarters Burnt Down

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Egypt, Breaking News, Disaster, Politics

Despite the recent spate of fires encountered in Egypt, today brings a different story for yet another fire – one started in the political Al Ghad Party [1]‘s headquarters, in Cairo.

Blogger Zeinobia [2] breaks the story:

Via Noura Younis [3] , “The Al Ghad Party HQ was completely burnt down at Al Tahrir after a high level meeting !!??”
Al Ghad Liberal party is the opposition party of Dr. Ayman Nour who is currently in Jail for charges no one is convinced with.
There was a fight between the leaderships of the party on whom shall head it.
Update 1: According to Abn Masr Citizen Journalism website [4] [Ar],the fire started as a result of a fight between the followers of Ayman Nour and the followers of Moussa , Nour's rival who wants to head the party. Moussa is with the regime by the way.

Egyptian Citizen [5] writes:

Today the Egyptian security and many of thugs are attacked Elghad party, set fire, and the contents of the headquarters destroyed.
Witnesses says that the thugs who destroyed and set fire to the party are from supporters of Moussa Mustafa Moussa who dissented from Elghad Party, headed by DR.Ayman Nour
Because the suspicious relations between Moussa Mustafa Moussa and Egyptian security , they tried to help him to seized the headquarters of Elghad Party(Ayman nour)
As a result, all this destruction

Blogger Nidaal [6] talks about an eyewitness report:

و من الغريب أن ميدان طلعت حرب فى ألايام الغير متوترة يعج بقوات ألامن بينما اليوم خاصة بدا و كأن قوات ألامن فى أجازة ولم يكن لهم أى نشاط فى منع البلطجية من أقتحام الحزب و كان _بحسب شهادة شهود الواقعة _ يقوم البلطجية بقطع خراطيم المياه الخاصة بقوات الاطفاء ويعتدون عليهم عند رفضهم وكل ذلك تحت نظر ألامن .
What's strange is that the Talaat Harb square is usually congested with policemen, however, especially today it seems as if policemen were on vacation. There was no activity for them to stop the thugs when they stormed the party. And according to the testimony of witnesses – thugs cut off the firemen water hoses, and attacked them in case they refused. All that under happened while the security was just watching.

The Skeptic [7] also mentions what a friend has told him about the cause that led to start of this fire:

A friend who was there tells me the brawl started when Ayman Nour’s wife, Gamila Ismail, refused to leave the headquarters and called out “Down with Mubarak!” Supporters of the government-backed faction reportedly responded, “Come down, you whore!”