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Egyptian Legal Office Raided by Military, Closing Main Hub For Human Rights Lawyers Defending Pro-Democracy Demonstrators in Cairo

Human rights activist Hossam Bahgat reported to Democracy Now! today that the Egyptian military has raided the offices of the Hisham Mubarak Law Center in downtown Cairo, which has been the headquarters for the legal effort to protect the pro-democracy demonstrators. He said that the military told people to lay on the floor and have shut down the phones. He heard that the military was conducting a search of the entire building.

"The biggest alarm today, is that there seems to be a series attempts by the army itself, for the first time, going after foreign journalists and going after human rights organizations, both Egyptian and foreign," says Bahgat, the executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. "Without access to Tahrir square we fear the worst is about to happen. It is something that the army does not want anyone from the outside world to witness."

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