Anti-Morsi Protests Rock Egypt – Youths Torch Muslim Brotherhood Headquarters in Cairo (Video)
Anti-Morsi protests continued into the night on Monday.
Youths torched the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo.
Eight people were killed in the protest violence.
The headquarters of Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood was overrun by youths who ransacked the building after those inside were evacuated on Monday following a night of violence that killed eight people.
By far the bloodiest incident of Sunday’s mammoth and mostly peaceful protests against the Brotherhood and President Mohamed Mursi, it began after dark and continued for hours, with guards inside firing on youths hurling fire bombs and rocks.
A spokesman for the Brotherhood blamed the violence on “thugs” and said it would be demanding answers from police who failed to protect it. He said two of those inside were injured – by fires – before a security detail from the movement was able to evacuate all those inside the compound in mid-morning.
The violence will likely add to a sense among Brotherhood members, long oppressed under Hosni Mubarak, that they face a political siege since being elected last year, which they blame on liberal opponents and loyalists of the old regime.
Images of the four-storey suburban building, its walls scorched, windows smashed and looters making off with office furniture, recalled those of the destruction of the state security headquarters when Mubarak was toppled in 2011.
A mass of protesters descended on Egypt’s presidential palace as part of June 30th demonstrations across the country intended to oust Mohamed Morsi from power.