Egypt protesters hurl shoes, abuse at ex-PM Shafiq

By REUTERS
May 23, 2012 21:23

CAIRO - 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.


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