Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq was attacked after he cast his ballot in the election on Wednesday. Protesters chucked rocks and shoes at the politician who has vowed to bring stability back to the country if he is elected president.
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Protesters threw stones and shoes at Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq after he cast his ballot on Wednesday, taking aim at the former prime minister for serving under deposed leader Hosni Mubarak.
As the ex-air force commander and aviation minister voted at a Cairo polling station, protesters gathered outside chanting “Down with military rule” and “Down with the regime.”
Relatives of people killed in last year’s uprising that toppled Mubarak clutching pictures of the victims.
“The coward is here. The criminal is here,” they cried as Shafiq’s car pulled into the area.
“You killed the martyrs. Their blood is on your hands. We either get their rights or die like them,” the protesters chanted. “We don’t want you here,” they shouted, calling Shafiq a “feloul”, or remnant, of the Mubarak era.
Protesters took off their shoes and some threw them at Shafiq, 70, as he made his way into the polling station, his armed bodyguards protecting him from the crowd.
The supervising judge briefly suspended voting, but Shafiq eventually cast his ballot.
His candidacy has polarized Egyptians, with some seeing him as a return to the past and others as a force for stability.
Shafiq’s supporters and opponents threw stones and glasses at each other as he drove away from the polling station. Several parked cars had their windshields broken.
Ahmed Shafiq will face off against the Muslim Brotherhood candidate in a second round election next month.