Nour supporters beaten

This SMS is currently making the rounds in Cairo:

Egyptian State Security raids Ghad supporters at the entrance of Africa Cup stadium, beat women, kidnaps three and throws them in the desert after taking banner which said "Nour wishes Egypt victory" and "Free Ayman Nour."
Looks like Egypt, which is hosting the Africa Cup of Nations (which I'm rather disappointed to see no sub-Saharan African state decided to boycott despite the racism recently demonstrated by security forces against Sudanese refugees, leading to 28 deaths), does not want any party poopers.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,