Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (Cairo)

14 January 2014

Egypt: Violence Escalates With Eight Deaths Due to Violations of the First Day

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press release

Influencing the will of the voters and election propaganda abuses inside the polling stations mass transfer of voters

The referendum polling stations were closed on the first day at 09:00 pm and ECME observers have monitored numerous violations that marred the referendum process until the issuance of this report, such as the escalating violence with eight deaths during the day, the influence on the will of the voters, the election propaganda, the abuses inside the polling stations, and the mass transfer of voters, as follows:

First: Violence and bullying acts

In Giza governorate, ECME observers have monitored a march organized by a number of Muslim Brotherhood supporters in front of Auseem City Council, causing the outbreak of clashes with security forces and the killing of Abdel Moneim Qamih, a 40 years old man.

ECME observers have also monitored a number of Muslim Brotherhood supporters throwing an improvised explosive device on an abandoned petrol station in Atfeeh City, causing no injuries.

ECME observers have also monitored a number of Muslim Brotherhood supporters throwing some fireworks at Police Headquarters of Atfeeh City.

ECME observers have also monitored a number of Muslim Brotherhood supporters holding a demonstration in front of Osman Mosque at Waraq Area and clashing with the security forces and throwing them with stones and fireworks; the security forces responded using tear gas.

ECME observers have also monitored a number of Muslim Brotherhood supporters cutting off the road in front of the Educational Department at Faisal Area and setting fire to tires, causing traffic stop, and the police forces chased after them in collaboration with citizens and fired tear gas to disperse them.

In Damietta governorate, ECME observers have monitored a group of women supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood fabricating a problem within Polling Station no. 2 School at Al-Nasr School, Damietta City in an attempt to disrupt the electoral process.

ECME observers have also monitored two Muslim Brotherhood supporters firing cartouche shots in front of the polling station at Om Al-Rida Primary School, Kafr Saad District, and security forces have arrested one of them.

ECME observers have also monitored a veiled lady trying to do attack on the voters and the security forces in front of Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq School, New Damietta City.

In Beheira Governorate, ECME's observers monitored, at the end of the day, the outbreak of violent clashes in Al-Sa'a area and Mohafaza Square in Damanhour between supporters of the Brotherhood Group and residents of those areas in order to disrupt the voting process and disperse voters. Security forces chased and dispersed them in the side streets. Thirty-one supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood Group have been arrested.

Furthermore, ECME's observers monitored that the security forces have found an improvised explosive device near to Al-Saad Al-Aly School at Damanhour, but they were able to defuse it.

In Gharbia Governorate, ECME's observers have monitored a person throwing a homemade bomb from a roof of a nearby apartment building at "Horeya" polling station in Abu Shaheen area, Mahalla Al Kubra causing a big explosion that terrorized citizens who turned out to cast their ballots, but the explosion did not result in any injuries.

In Alexandria Governorate, ECME's observers have monitored some supporters of Muslim Brotherhood Group throwing bricks and deliberately attack voters using cool steel near to Salah al-Din Schools Complex at Mena Al-Basal.

Second: Influence on the will of voters and the election propaganda:

In Damietta Governorate, the ECME's observers have monitored the presence of propaganda using cars passing throughout the streets of Damietta city playing patriotic songs and urging citizens to vote "Yes".

Third: Violations inside the polling stations:

In Damietta Governorate, the ECME's observers have monitored the overcrowding of voters before polling stations at different schools of Shuraa Village, as there were no laptops to let voters know where their polling stations are located.

Furthermore, ECME's observers have monitored the overcrowding of voters in front of polling stations of the Secondary Azhar Institute for girls at Damietta Governorate causing voters to leave without casting their ballots.

Fifth: Mass transfer of voters

In Gharbia Governorate, ECME's observers have monitored mass transfer of voters using buses bearing "For the good of our homeland, we should say yes for constitution". Those buses carry license plate numbers (PDG 6715 and PJO 3286).

It is noteworthy that the ECME combines about 128 human rights and development organizations and associations throughout 27 governorates. The operating room, held at the headquarters of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), is composed of the EOHR, Egyptian Center for Women's Rights (ECWR), and Andalus Institute for Tolerance & Anti-Violence Studies.

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