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Scores of bearded soldiers and officers flocked on Friday to the vicinity of Abdeen Palace to take part in demonstrations to demand their return to work.
The bearded policemen have been calling for a presidential order that obliges Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim to return them to their posts following a court ruling in their favour.
The protesting policemen set up a platform in front of the palace in preparation for the demonstration, the Middle East News Agency said.
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Bearded policemen have called for a mass march on Friday, 22 March in front of Abdeen Palace in downtown Cairo, under the slogan 'We will not give up.'
The call for the protest came through their official Facebook page 'I am a bearded policeman.'
Bearded policemen have been staging a sit-in since an Administrative Court ruling on 20 February that allowed policemen with beards who had been suspended from work to return to their duties. The interior ministry, however, refused to implement the verdict.
According to interior ministry codes of conduct, policemen are not allowed to grow their beards. Since last year, a number of officers have been contesting these rules, citing religious freedom.
"We will not give up because we believe that God will support us," read the statement.
"We will not give up our demand to resume work. This is to help our colleagues in returning security to the streets, to stand against the haters of the revolution, by implementing the law."
Last Friday, hundreds of Islamists protested at the police directorate in the Upper Egyptian city of Assiut to support bearded police officers banned from returning to work by the interior ministry.
On 1 March, dozens of protesters gathered at Abdeen Palace in Cairo in support of bearded policemen.
In January, a report was issued by the Administrative Court's state commissioners authority stating that beards do not conflict with the 1971 police law and that growing beards would not negatively affect the public.
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Plusieurs policiers barbus font appel au président, en Egypte, pour qu’il leur vienne en aide. Se laisser pousser la barbe n’est pas anodin, c’est un signe religieux pour les islamistes. Et depuis la révolution de 2011, les policiers portant la barbe ont été suspendus. Ils réclament leur réintégration. “Rien dans la loi ou la Constitution ne défend notre droit, explique l’un d’entre eux, alors nous nous sommes tournés vers la justice. Finalement, la Cour suprême a décidé que nous pouvions reprendre notre travail. Nous demandons maintenant au président de faire appliquer cette décision pour en finir avec cette crise”.
Plusieurs centaines de personnes ont manifesté vendredi au Caire pour soutenir les policiers, mais le ministère égyptien de l’Intérieur n’a pas encore voulu trancher. “Accepter que les policiers se laissent pousser la barbe ou non, cela peut apparaître comme un enjeu purement esthétique, explique Mohamed Shaikhibrahim, le correspondant d’Euronews en Egypte, mais en fait, il s’agit bien d’un conflit entre deux approches politiques très différentes de la société égyptienne”.
Bearded police officers protested in Abdeen on Friday, calling on President Mohamed Morsy to implement the administrative court’s ruling allowing them to be reinstated. They were joined by members of the Nour Party and Jama’a al-Islamiya.
The Interior Ministry had suspended the officers from service due to their facial hair, which was against the ministry’s dress code.
Protesters said the decision is now in Morsy’s hands, as the head of the Supreme Council of Police. They said they would end their protest in Abdeen on Friday evening to continue their sit-in at the Interior Ministry on Sheikh Rehan Street for the fourth day.
The protesters raised banners that read: "Mr. President, you promised that none would be oppressed under the state of law," and, "We want to return to our work based on our judiciary rulings."
The protesters chanted: "The people want bearded officers," and "Oh bearded officers, by God [we swear] we will not keep silent."
Brigadier General Yasser Gomaa, head of the bearded police officers' coalition, said they were happy with the solidarity of a number of political forces, including the Nour Party and Jama’a al-Islamiya.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt independent)
If, for example, Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's newly elected and fabulously bearded president, exceeds expectations, male facial hair could become a broadly accepted sign of national pride – something akin to the out-of-nowhere trend across the NBA this past year, or the de facto grooming style on the streets of South Philly.
On top of the socio-religious connotations that permeate beard perception in Egypt, recent historic events have added a new layer of politically motivated prejudices.
Fist length beard? Must be Brotherhood. Oh, you shaved off the mustache? You're totally Salafi. Neatly trimmed all around? Guess you're one of those Abol Futooh moderate types.
Dozens of Egyptian policemen are staging an open-ended sit-in in front of the Interior Ministry to demand their right to wear a beard while on duty.
“We want Egypt to be based on the values of the revolution: to not ban people based on gender or religion,” police officer and beard ban protester, Hany Al-Shakery, told a CNN reporter in Cairo.
After the 2011 revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak, many Egyptians felt that they were free to practice Islam, which – some believe – stipulates men have to wear beards.
“The Islamic sharia requires me to wear a beard, and I respect my religion,” Shakery added.
During Mubarak’s era, police used to quell Islamist groups, who were seen as enemies of the state. During his rule, sporting any kind of beard precluded Egyptians from holding senior government posts.
However, after his ouster, police officers and army men continued to be barred from growing their beards. Those who chose to do so were suspended. (Al-Arabiya)
Bearded policemen continued their sit-in for the 15th consecutive day in front of the Interior Ministry in downtown Cairo.
The number of tents set up by protesting policemen went down from four, with protesters congregating in one large tent.
A number of policemen with beards declared two weeks ago that they would stage an open-ended sit-in at the ministry to force it to implement a Supreme Administrative Court ruling affirming their right to work with beards.
The ministry had previously prohibited policemen from growing beards, but a number began to push for the right to grow facial hair recently, citing religious freedom.
However, the ministry claims the ruling didn’t stipulate the policemen’s right to grow beards but instead struck down their transfer to administrative jobs.
The court had ruled that the policemen had already been referred to a disciplinary board and therefore couldn’t be penalized twice for the same violation.
Edited translation from MENA
Près de 200 personnes ont manifesté vendredi au Caire pour réclamer la réintégration de policiers suspendus pour s'être laissé pousser la barbe, considérée comme un signe de piété par de nombreux islamistes.
"Nous protestons parce que nous avons été suspendus à cause de nos barbes", a déclaré à l'AFP Mohammed Salah, l'un des policiers.
"Où sont les droits des officiers portant la barbe?", demandait une pancarte, tandis que des sympathisants enthousiastes portaient un policier barbu en uniforme sur leurs épaules.
Plusieurs policiers ont été suspendus à travers l'Egypte pour s'être laissé pousser la barbe et certains ont porté l'affaire devant la justice.(AFP, via Aufait)Plus : http://www.aufaitmaroc.com/monde/afrique/2013/3/1/egypte-manifestation-pour-la-reintegration-de-policiers-barbus_206957.html#.UTGNh3xvwiY
Dozens of bearded police officers staged a protest Tuesday outside the Interior Ministry headquarters in downtown Cairo, holding banners calling on the ministry to respect a judicial ruling ordering their return to work.
Police officers asserting their right to grow facial hair won a victory when the Supreme Administrative Court in Cairo turned down the interior minister's challenge to a previous court ruling ordering the dismissed officers reinstated.
An Interior Ministry source argued that the Administrative Court's ruling had nothing to do with the officers' right to grow their beards. (Egypt independent)