ElBaradei attacked trying to vote in Egyptian referendum
Egyptians wait to vote in Cairo on March 19 in the first democratic initiative after the fall of Hosni Mubarak's regime.
March 19th, 2011
06:01 PM ET

ElBaradei attacked trying to vote in Egyptian referendum

Mohamed ElBaradei, an Egyptian presidential candidate and Nobel laureate, was attacked by thugs at a polling station in Cairo on Saturday, his brother told CNN.

ElBaradei described the attack, which occurred during a referendum on changes to the constitution, on his Twitter account. Voting was completed Saturday evening, when all polling districts were reported closed, according to the judicial committee overseeing the elections.

"Went 2 vote w family attacked by organized thugs," he tweeted. "Car smashed w rocks. Holding referendum in absence of law & order is an irresponsible act."

The former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency also tweeted that two members of his campaign team were detained at a separate polling station in Cairo.

ElBaradei said the two women were serving as official monitors at the polling station when they were detained.

His brother confirmed the attack. Egyptians streamed to the polls Saturday to vote on proposed constitutional amendments, the first democratic initiative after the fall of autocratic president Hosni Mubarak's regime.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Hillary Wood

    Hello B. I am so sorry for the loss of your
    Mother in law near Mothers day. God bless you and I want dnu

    March 19, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. eric g


    March 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hany the egyptian

    Majority of Egyptians don't like baradei. Don't believe it was organized thugs.

    March 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ismail

      Not True more than 1000000M Egyptians signed to him.. only old system hate him due he was the main reason for the change.. and sure many was gain alot from corruption hate him till die.

      most Egyptian believe he is the saver .. good bless you Dr Elbaradie.

      and who say he is not tell other single person has 1000000 million signature from Egyptians.

      March 20, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sense

    The attackers are the muslim extremists jihadists. El Baradei is viewed as a traitor, since he is not viewed as an observant muslim, educated in the US. Ultimately Muslim Brothers will be coming to power in Egypt unfortunately (((
    The Real Bad News: All muslim, so called revolutions, will bring islamists to power sooner or later...

    March 20, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |

      what ever happen to the mild-mannered jihadists?

      March 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |

      That's exactly what the right-wing thugs in Washington want us all to think,Sense. That's the way they operate.

      March 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Planet X

    Israel is becoming a nation. http://nopolicestate.blogspot.com/2011/01/egypt_29.html

    March 20, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. personny

    Afghanistan is becoming a Muslim democracy. http://www.freeafgh.blogspot.comp94

    March 20, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |

      You mean that Afghanistan is becoming a pro-Western pseudo-democracy,don't you? The C.I.A. will decide who wins and who loses these elections,not the Afghan people!!!

      March 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |

    Maybe this Mohamed el Baradei is not quite so willing to take orders from Washington as the right-wing thugs there thought he was. It's reasonably likely that this attack was C.I.A. orchestrated. Never put anything past these lowlifes!!!

    March 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazz7

    Hey I'm looking for the NO BALLS Cesar u know the right winger who posted on "VOICE OF LIBYA" blog

    March 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Come on Jazz7,don't claim that you're not a Tea Partier nor a follower of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Your profanity is a dead givaway!!!

      March 21, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      and your profanity is worse , no I dont use that laungue as a rule , only when i"m really upset on a blog not speaking with some one and i'm not proud of it either , BYE faker

      March 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. FrontierJustice?

    This evil to try everything possible refusing to give a people a chance to pick their leaders. Got to detain women just to keep things our way? What happened to "RESPECTING HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE PEOPLE'S WILL"? PITIER-STANDARD-DOUBLE. LOL

    March 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy


    The fakes strike again!!!

    March 21, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |