Egyptian government troops on Thursday raided the offices of 17 nonprofit firms that specialize in civil rights—including at least three financed by the U.S. The Egyptian government said the raid is part of an investigation of its claim that “foreign hands” are causing the latest protests against military rule. Witnesses reported that heavily armed men wearing the security police’s black uniforms tore through boxes while preventing the employees from leaving—and the security police took files and computers with them as they left. Human-rights groups have urged the ruling Egyptian military to drop this investigation into foreign groups, which prosecutors have claimed is treason.
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