Supporters of Egypt’s largest opposition party have taken to the streets, claiming authorities are harassing them, ahead of next week’s parliamentary elections. The officially banned Muslim Brotherhood say their candidates’ efforts are being hindered. Amnesty International and the US have called for peaceful campaigning and open media coverage to be allowed.
Gamal Shehata, Muslim Brotherhood candidate for Shoubra District said: “From what I see, the regime is trying to intimidate and terrorise the population to stop them from supporting us. Even if they rig the election, they’ll have an excuse by saying the people didn’t support us and it’s the people’s choice. But this isn’t true.”
Security forces have detained over a hundred Muslim Brotherhood supporters in different cities across the country, including Alexandria.
Hoping to add to the party’s 88 seats is female candidate Nagwa Gouda, who marched with her supporters in Fayoum on Saturday.