Egypt Security Forces Raid Civil Society Organizations

Egyptian security forces today raided the offices of 17 non-profit civil society organizations, at least three of which are backed by the U.S. The raids are widely seen as connected to an investigation into foreign funding for NGOs. The armed security forces, which are under the control of the country’s transitional military rulers, entered the offices of the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute — organizations affiliated with the U.S. political parties that receive government funding. The offices of Washington-based Freedom House were also raided. Here’s an Associated Press photo run in the New York Times of security forces standing guard outside an NGO office: