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Egypt: Activists condemn police raid on human rights organisation office


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Egypt: Activists condemn police raid on human rights organisation office

Egyptian police have stormed the office of a human rights organisation in Cairo, to arrest a democracy campaigner.

Thursday’s early morning raid, at the Egyptian 
Centre for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR), has been condemned by activist groups. They claim it is part of a push to crush dissent.

Police targeted the office to arrest Mohamed 
Adel, according to a security official.

Adel is wanted in connection with protests 
against a law that heavily restricts the right to 
demonstrate.

A video released by the organisation showed 
the aftermath of the police raid, during which 
computers and other equipment were 
confiscated, according to ECESR staff.

In a statement, 10 Egyptian civil society groupssaid five other activists were also detained but later released, describing the midnight raid as an “unprecedented escalation.”

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