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Slovenian ambassador beaten up in Cairo’s Shubra district

Thinking that he was a spy, residents in Cairo’s Shubra district beat up the Slovenian ‎ambassador

Ahram Online, Sunday 25 Dec 2011
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The presence of Slovenia’s ambassador to Cairo in the populous Shubra district provoked its residents, who mistakenly identified him as a spy and reacted according to that.    

Robert Kokalj and his driver were taking pictures of the poor area and street children when they were confronted by hundreds of people, who violently beat them. Police and other residents eventually intervened to end the melee.

Kokalj refused to take any legal action, saying that he should have informed authorities of his visit beforehand.

A sort of xenophobia has emerged since January’s popular revolution overthrew autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak.

Egyptian authorities have on several times arrested foreigners on charges of inciting clashes or photographing military sides, drawing widespread criticism in the process.

Three American students were arrested last month on charges of throwing firebombs at security forces during Tahrir clashes. They were later released.

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cairo expat
26-12-2011 01:40pm
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why ambassador?
what the heck HE was doing in Shoubra in first place?? An Ambassador??? taking pictures???!! I would ask him do his job not play photographer!!
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Walid
26-12-2011 02:41am
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Why Shubra?
Question: why would spies go to SHUBRA?! of all places?! Are you joking?!
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Sarah
26-12-2011 02:37am
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Shubra, aka the poorest and most ignorant
Bravo!! Keep doing it! beat every tourist in Egypt and then complain u have no tourists. no thanks to the military and media that keep feeding you with lies about the revolution and any other counter-military action as a foreign agenda and the presence of spies among us because they speak a foreign language and take pictures!! bravo!! for your information, spies will not go in public and take pictures in front of everyone and will not show off with their foreign language.
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Fares Nabil
25-12-2011 09:50pm
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Question ?
can i know where in shubra was that accedent as i ive in shubra but never heared of it. so just want to know if any body can tell me please?
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Tourist
25-12-2011 08:12pm
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Bad news for tourism
This is really bad news for tourism in Egypt.
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