Four days before Egypt’s presidential election, security forces stormed the offices of a rights group in the coastal city of Alexandria on Thursday and arrested at least eight activists.
The raid on the Egyptian Center for Social and Economic Rights came after a protest meant to express solidarity with jailed activist Mahienour Masry. The state newspaper Ahram said her lawyer, Mohamed Ramadan, was assaulted and briefly detained and that authorities confiscated papers relating to the case.
A demonstration soon afterward was broken up by police, the report said.
Masry was one of nine activists who had a three-year prison sentence upheld and a fine of more than $7,200...