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New mob killing in Egypt's Sharqiya: Son of Brotherhood leader beaten to death

Son of Brotherhood party leader beaten to death by revengeful mob in Egypt's Nile Delta city of Zagazig for shooting two men over online post

Ahram Online, Friday 3 May 2013
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Residents set fire to the house of FJP leader in Sharqiya Friday (Photo: Adel El-Sha'er)

Scores of residents beat to death the son of a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm Friday in Zagazig city in Egypt's Nile Delta Sharqiya governorate, which has seen a significant number of mob killings recently.

Security sources told Ahram Online that hundreds of El-Qataweya village residents ransacked the house of Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) leader, Rabie Lasheen, in the early hours of Friday, setting his furniture and three cars on fire apart from killing his son. Revenge was their motive.

Lasheen's son, Youssef, was accused of shooting a 28-year-old man merely for insulting his father in a Facebook post for his affiliation with the FJP. An auto rickshaw (tok tok) driver in his 40s was accidentally gunned down too.

The revengeful mob, including members of both men's families, dragged Lasheen's son to the street and used bladed weapons while assaulting him, according to Al-Ahram's daily correspondent. The assistants then left him for dead in the street.

Youssef was taken to the hospital, where he succumbed to the fatal injuries.

The police forces were completely absent from the scene until dawn on Friday, where only two policemen were dispatched to Lasheen's house after the end of the melee, according to Al-Ahram's correspondent.

Mob killings have been recurrent in villages and rural areas across Egypt, thanks to a security vacuum seen after Egypt's 2011 uprising.

The Sharqiya governorate is considered to be the most plagued with brutal unofficial executions.

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05-05-2013 04:42pm
For Egypt's sake
I used to brag to my foreign friends about the super buzzing egyptian night life, on how we could go out even in the earliest hours of the morning for a sandwich or a stroll on the corniche, or even for shopping in the souks and you would find everyone in the streets... they used to admirably envy me especially when I told them that it was SAFE at ALL TIME . Does anyone remember how women used to show off their wealth and wore (at least) a dozen of golden bracelets in streets and souks with no problems? Never in my life I would have thought to cancel my trip to Egypt because I couldn't find a day flight, for it is "dangerous"!!! Never in my life I imagined that a trip to Egypt could be a life threat to my family or myself. I have built my dream house there, because I had no doubt on the safety that the country and the people offered. It is indeed heart breaking!!!!
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03-05-2013 11:23pm
Good Riddance !!!
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03-05-2013 09:07pm
Sorry to see this happening
I'm so sorry to see what has been happening in Egypt. Even where I live in Alexandria, there are these mobs that come with huge knives and hit each other, threaten each other, scream, fight and I've even seen one man with a huge knife hitting it against an apartment building door trying to get to the upstairs residents. I've seen this many times since I've lived here for the past 8 months. And only 1 time have police showed up. My family has been terrified and even guests that come to us have told us the violence that they encounter here. And I don't live in a "bad" or "run down" neighborhood either. In fact, all my neighbors, I would say, are middle class. This has got to stop. The Egyptian Government needs to wake up, make a plan and put security issues at the top. How can you have a life in a country where there are these mobs running wild?!
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03-05-2013 08:03pm
sorry to ask....this nation claims to have culture and tolerates this state of situation? one time its copts killed this way,other times thiefs or other wrongdoers,what the hell has egypt become?
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06-05-2013 06:39pm
92 negativ votes'? sorry for the truth?
you guys can vote,but you dont change one single problem of your country,you just find excuses not to act,not to turn the picture,not to do anything.yesterday it was copt,now the families kill each other,what comes next? this is no culture,thats a fact,thats anarchy
04-05-2013 03:04pm
too late to save Egypt?
chaos and turmoil everywhere. what goes around comes around.The FJP and Brotherhood militias have done same to journalists,copts,ordinary poor Egyptians. some islamists have been heard saying it is even permissible to kill Christians.What a shame!

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