Brotherhood MP denounces attack on his home in Egypt's Damanhour

Ahram Online , Friday 7 Jun 2013

Member of the upper house Shura Council Gamal Heshmat's house in the Nile Delta city of Damanhour is attacked following clashes between opposition and Brotherhood activists

Heshmat's Damanhour residence facade damaged (Photo: Ahram Arabic news website)

Tens of protesters attempted to storm the house of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party MP Gamal Heshmat in the Nile Delta city of Damanhour, in the govenorate of Beheira.

According to Al-Ahram daily website, a group of protesters attacked the front gate of Heshmat's home and damaged his car amid a complete absence of security forces.

In a statement to Al-Ahram's Arabic news website, Heshmat said the attack reflects a dangerous transformation in Egypt's political climate, saying that if no one responds such attacks will become normal in the future.

He accused Rebel campaigners and 'members of political parties' of conducting the attack with the help of 'thugs'.

The leading Brotherhood figure said that the assailants threw rocks at the house as he he was spending the day with his family at home.

Heshmat said the response from police was slow as the attack lasted 45 minutes before the authorities showed up.

"It will be easy from now on for anyone having a disagreement with any political personality to hire thugs to attack their home," he said.

The attack comes only hours after clashes between supporters of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood and opposition activists in Damanhour broke out on Thursday leaving 24 injured.

Al-Ahram reported that opposition activists demonstrated Friday against Thursday's incident accusing the Brotherhood of instigating the clashes.

After the demonstration ended, some of the protesters attacked Heshmat's house destroying the gate.

Opposition activists were demonstrating Thursday to commemorate the death of Egypt's revolution icon Khaled Said, who was allegedly beaten to death by police officers on 6 June 2010.

The Freedom and Justice Party website said two activists working on the Rebel campaign against President Mohamed Morsi were arrested for the attack on Heshmat's house, calling them members of the 'Rebel' "militia".

Rebel is a signature collecting campaign aiming to withdraw confidence from Morsi and calling for early presidential elections.

Rebel's headquarters was torched early Friday by unknown assailants. Rebel formally accused leading members of the ruling group, including President Morsi, of inciting the attack.

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