Sorour’s supporters assault photographers

Ahram Online, Sunday 12 Jun 2011

Fathi Sorour’s supporters assaulted photojournalists for trying to take ‎photos of the former parliamentary speaker

Fathi Sorour
Fathi Sorour has become a prime target for photographers since his arrest

Tens of Fathi Sorour’s supporters assaulted photojournalists for trying to take ‎photos of the former parliamentary speaker before he got into the ministry of ‎justice, where he was interrogated over the “Battle of the Camel."

Sorour is believed to be one of the masterminds of the notorious attack on peaceful ‎protesters during the January 25 Revolution, which saw a host of demonstrators killed. He also faces accusations of abusing his ‎authority to accumulate illegal profits.‎

Journalists took pictures of Sorour, who has been incarcerated ‎along with other toppled regime figures at Tora Prison, when he was summoned to questioning ‎by the Illicit Gains Authority. At the time, his disciples tried to cover Sorour with a bed sheet to shield the 79-year-old from the cameras.‎

However, this time around his supporters turned aggressive to prevent journalists ‎from photographing him. Sorour's son and disciples covered him with lawyer robes on his way in also.‎

Sorour’s thug-like devotees beat the journalists, as female supporters tried to break their ‎cameras. ‎

The former minister's supporters, many hailing from the same rundown neighborhood, chanted: “We are the residents of ‎‎Sayeda Zeinab and Sorour has done a lot of good things for us.”‎

‎“The people want Sorour exonerated,” went another slogan they repeated.‎

Sorour was ‎transported in one of the well-known, central security blue vans.‎

Reportedly, police forces were present during as chaos was being stirred up, but took no ‎action to protect the journalists or restore order.

The police have frequently been criticised for their “passive” role in maintaining security over ‎the past months. ‎

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