Egypt: Groups slam raids on their offices

2011-12-30 14:15

Cairo - Several Egyptian rights groups are accusing the country's ruling military council of using "Hosni Mubarak-era repressive tools" in waging an "unprecedented campaign" against pro-democracy organisations.

The groups' joint statement on Friday came just hours after security forces stormed offices of 10 rights organisations, including several based in the US.

The military, which took over control after a popular uprising toppled Mubarak in February, has previously accused the groups of fomenting protests with the help of foreign funding.

The statement, signed by 28 Egyptian rights groups, says the attacks herald a wider clampdown to target those who led the uprising and were an attempt to "liquidate" those behind the revolution.