CAIRO: A group of unknown people have stormed the Egyptian Lawyers Syndicate Club in Delta’s Dakahlia, attacking a number of lawyers and three journalists Monday evening.
For more than two hours, clashes broke out between the lawyers and the attackers, who used wooden rods and bladed weapons and set fire to the first and second floors of the building, causing injures for 10 lawyers and two journalists, Youm7 reported.
The attack took place in absence of police and security forces despite a Police Station and Directorate being located near the club along the Nile.
However, the lawyers managed to besiege some attackers. Three hours later, police forces arrived at the club to arrest the assailants. The lawyers refused entry to the police forces saying that they failed to protect the syndicate members due to their delayed arrival.
Syndicate Branch Chairperson Mohamed Taha al-Ghamri announced that the lawyers will stage a sit-in inside the club until the assailants and police personnel responsible are held accountable. “What has happened by the Ministry of Interior is a farce … the security director should be held accountable because he ignored my help call when I told him the Syndicate was being stormed,” al-Ghamri said.
After negotiations between the police officers and al-Ghamri, the police arrested 11 of the attackers who were besieged by the lawyers and managed to arrest four others who jumped into the Nile River.
Chairperson of the Lawyers’ General Syndicate Sameh Ashour has contacted the Attorney General to launch an investigation into the incident. Some lawyers and journalists claimed the attack took place due to a difference between the syndicate and a company over the running of the club, after the syndicate cancelled its contract with company.