Al Jazeera Office in Cairo Raided, Destroyed by Arsonists

Arsonists attacked and threw Molotov cocktails at Al Jazeera Mubashir Misr channel’s office in the Egyptian capital on the third day of anti-government protests in central Cairo.

The office overlooking Tahrir Square, the scene of three days of protests, caught fire and was destroyed, footage broadcast by the Cairo-based channel showed. Earlier today, protesters beat up Cairo security chief Osama El-Sagheer as police clashed with hundreds of protesters at the square.

Police used tear gas to repel the demonstrators, who assembled to mark similar rallies a year ago in which 45 people were killed. At least 72 people have been injured in the past three days, the state-run Ahram Gate website reported.

The violence underlined the task facing President Mohamed Mursi, the country’s first popularly elected leader, who is struggling to restore order and reinvigorate the economy even as near-daily protests break out over issues ranging from the violence in Gaza to jobs and surging crime.

Activists and political groups have called for mass protests across Egypt on Nov. 23 to demand the dismissal of Mursi’s government, according to Ahram Gate. The calls come in the wake of a Nov. 17 train and bus collision in Assiut that left 51 people dead, most of them children.

To contact the reporter on this story: Salma El Wardany in Cairo at selwardany@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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