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In South Egypt, Fears Over Islamist Vigilantes

The Gamaa Islamiya once waged a bloody insurgency here, attacking police and Christians in a campaign to create an Islamic state. Now a political force, the former jihadis say they are setting up their own parallel police and are determined to ensure law and order in this southern Egyptian province.

Their declaration has set in motion a spiral of tensions in Assiut province, raising fears that hard-line Islamists who call for a strict version of Shariah, or Islamic law, will take the law into their own hands, threatening the delicate sectarian balance of Muslims and Christians here. Opponents warn that if they succeed here, hard-liners elsewhere in Egypt will try to take advantage of the country's lawlessness to increase their power.

 

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Egypte : quand la police n’est pas là, les islamistes mènent la danse

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Depuis que les policiers égyptiens sont en grève, la presse évoque l’existence de nouveaux miliciens islamistes qui menacent de faire la loi afin de combler le vide sécuritaire. Ce sont ainsi des comités populaires religieux qui entendent faire régner l’ordre en Egypte, leur percée suscitant une inquiétude croissante. Ces groupes sont formés par la Jamaa Islamiya, un ex-groupe djihadiste converti à la politique depuis la chute de Moubarak et l’élection d’un islamiste à la présidence. (Contre-info)

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Des milices islamistes apparaissent en Égypte

Des milices islamistes apparaissent en Égypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Pour combler le vide sécuritaire, des groupes formés par la Jamaa Islamiya entendent faire régner l'ordre.

Combien sont-ils? Nul ne le sait, mais leur percée est source d'inquiétude enÉgypte . Voilà plusieurs jours que la presse locale évoque l'existence de ces nouveaux miliciens islamistes qui menacent de faire la loi pour répondre au vide sécuritaire provoqué par la récente grève des policiers. Sur une vidéo qui circule sur YouTube, on les voit parader à moto dans les rues d'Assiout, en Haute-Égypte.

L'organisation à l'origine de ces comités populaires religieux n'est autre que la Jamaa Islamiya, un ex-groupe djihadiste converti à la politique depuis la chute deMoubarak  et l'élection d'un islamiste à la présidence. Contacté par Le Figaro, Assem Abdel Maged, membre du bureau politique de la Jamaa Islamiya, déclare sans détours: «Que les fonctionnaires de police qui entendent poursuivre leur grève sachent qu'ils ne retrouveront pas leur poste une fois que nous aurons pris la relève. Une chose est sûre: nous ne laisserons pas la situation sécuritaire se détériorer.» Il fait là référence à cette nouvelle vague de violence suscitée la semaine dernière par le verdict du procès lié à une bousculade meurtrière, l'année dernière, dans le stade de Port-Saïd . Déjà impopulaire sous Moubarak, et aujourd'hui accusés par les opposants de servir de bras armé au président Morsi , les policiers ont fini par déclarer forfait dans la cité portuaire au motif qu'ils étaient injustement instrumentalisés par le pouvoir. Depuis, leur grève s'est étendue à d'autres villes du pays, dont Asiout. «Là-bas, précise Assem Abdel Maged, nous avons commencé à organiser des comités permettant de combler le vide et de maintenir l'ordre.» Quand on l'interroge sur le nombre, la formation et l'armement de ces nouveaux miliciens, il se contente de répondre: «Avec l'aide de Dieu, nous protégerons le peuple.» À Assiout, des témoins racontent avoir déjà vu ces miliciens à l'action à certains carrefours, où ils remplacent les agents de circulation. Également repérés dans d'autres villes, dont Suez et Minya, on ignore à ce jour s'ils ont mené des perquisitions. «Pour résoudre la crise sécuritaire, il faut des actes et pas seulement des mots», prévient cependant Assem Abdel Maged, en s'appuyant sur un obscur article du code pénal, récemment mis en exergue par le procureur général du Caire, et qui permettrait l'arrestation de «voyous» par des civils.

 

(Le Figaro)

 

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Egypt Fears Militia Takeover

Egypt Fears Militia Takeover | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Asharq Al-Awsat

 

Egypt’s Al-Gama’a Al-Islamiyya has begun to form “popular militias” to put an end to the security vacuum on the Egyptian street. In an official statement issued by the group, Al-Gama’a Al-Islamiyya pledged “not to stand idly by in the face of the senseless scenes on the [Egyptian] street.”

Senior Al-Gama’a Al-Islamiyya member, Assem Abdel-Magid, has been tasked with the job of forming these popular militias, and he has already issued a general call to the people of Cairo to join together and confront “thuggery”.

This new development comes in the wake of a controversial statement by Egypt’s Prosecutor-General which has been interpreted by some sections of society as urging the Egyptian people to take the law into their own hands.

The statement read: “Egypt’s prosecutor-general urges all citizens to exercise the right afforded them by Article 37 of Egypt’s Criminal Procedure Law issued in 1950 to arrest anyone found committing a crime and refer them to official [security] personnel.”

However a second statement, issued on the same day by the Prosecutor-General’s office, affirmed that “the statement by the Prosecutor-General did not include granting ‘judicial arrest’ powers to citizens, but rather granting these judicial arrest powers to officers as defined officially by the law.”

Egypt’s Prosecutor-General, Talat Abdullah, was appointed to this post in November 2012 following the removal of his predecessor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud under controversial circumstances. In fact, Abdullah submitted a letter of resignation less than one month after he was appointed by President Musri after hundreds of public prosecutors staged a sit-in protest outside his office.

 

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Islamists form community police militias

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Al-Masry Al-Youm 

 

Jama'a al-Islamiya and the Muslim Brotherhood announced Tuesday that they are working to form groups known as the civilian police in cooperation with other Islamist groups.   The militias will be able to arrest people they deem to be criminals or breaking laws.  Ahmed al-Iskandarani, a spokesman for the Jama'a al-Islamiya’s Construction and Development Party, said the groups would not take action if police were on the streets. However, should police call for further strikes or withdrawals, community police groups would step in under the supervision of the Interior Ministry. “This system is applied in other countries,” he said. To garner further support for the militias, the organizers have issued an open call online.  The civilian police initiative is due to growing strike action of police across much of the country. Many are also distrustful of the police after reports of torture and excessive force used against protesters. Yehia al-Sherbini, coordinator of the Muslim Rebels Movement, said his group is willing participate as civilian police to maintain security and protect public and private property. “Islamist movements are capable of replacing the police,” he said. “We can arrest outlaws and hand them over to the police or the army.” “We already started organizing committees in the Assiut and Minya,” he added. More : http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/islamists-form-community-police-militias
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très dangereuse initiative qui va créer une police religieuse voire des milices para-militaires.
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ÉGYPTE • Des milices proches des Frères pour pallier l'absence de police

ÉGYPTE • Des milices proches des Frères pour pallier l'absence de police | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

"Un comité des Frères a arrêté six jeunes [...] accusés d'avoir pris d'assaut un siège de la confrérie", explique le quotidien de centre gauche, qui s'inquiète que le pays entre dans l'ère de "la police populaire".

Les Frères musulmans auraient également appelé les citoyens à arrêter toute personne qui s'en prend à des biens publics ou privés, et à la remettre à la police. Les membres des forces de l'ordre sont en grève dans plusieurs villes pour protester contre le ministre de l'Intérieur, qu'elle accuse de ne pas lui fournir les armes nécessaires au rétablissement de l'ordre.

 

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Army will not tolerate 'political militias': Egyptian military source

he source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the move would open the door to the formation of "private militias" and raise the spectre of "civil war."

 

The military source supported his assertions by pointing to the reaction to the statement by Islamist groups, some of whom quickly announced plans to set up 'popular committees' to replace striking police officers.

 

"This policy crosses the state's red lines...the armed forces will not accept anything that threatens national security," he said.

 

"Egypt's armed forces don't stand on the side of any political faction, but that's not an excuse for certain groups to begin forming militias," he added.

 

The source went on to warn that such a step "could prompt the military to intervene."

 

In a Sunday statement, the prosecutor-general's office urged members of the public "to exercise the right afforded them by Article 37 of Egypt's criminal procedure law to arrest anyone found committing a crime and refer them to official personnel."

 

The statement came within the context of an ongoing strike by Egyptian police officers that began last Tuesday. Police personnel in several Egyptian governorates – including Cairo and Alexandria – have since joined the strike to demand the dismissal of the interior minister and a halt to what they see as their being used as pawns in the country's ongoing political stalemate.

 

Meanwhile, Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya's Construction and Development Party announced plans this week to establish 'security committees' in several Upper Egyptian cities to replace police in the event that the strikes persist.   




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Liberal party says arrests by citizens gives way for Islamist militias

Liberal party says arrests by citizens gives way for Islamist militias | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Wafd Party spokesman, Abdullah al-Moghazy, said on Sunday that granting citizens the right to arrest suspects gives a political cover to Islamist militias who have a history of violence. 

Moghazy explained in an aired interview yesterday that as a law expert he considers the prosecution's decision a violation of the constitution and the criminal code. 

Egypt’s general prosecutor said on Sunday that vandalism of public or private property, blocking roads, disrupting public transportation, spreading terror among citizens or preventing employees from entering their offices are all flagrant violations of the law that allow for arrest without a court order. 

The prosecution statement on Sunday called on police officers and army forces to carry on their duties, according to the law, and immediately arrest outlaws who are caught in the act and refer them to the authorities - without warrants or court orders.

Describing it as a "national duty", it also encouraged citizens to practice their constitutional right to catch criminals who are caught in the act and refer them to the authorities or at least report their crimes. 

Moghazy explained that the prosecutor's call will lead to a civil war and allow for street battles under the excuse of restoring security. 

Meanwhile, secretary general of the Salafi (ultraconservative) Nour Party, Mostafa Amin, said on Saturday that his party received orders from the president's office to form community patrols to secure public installations. 

Similarly, the fundamentalist Gamaa Islamiya had also called for forming community patrols to maintain security in light of the ongoing police strikes in Cairo and other locations.

 

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Egypt's Gamaa Islamiya to form 'militias' in Assiut to replace striking police

"Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya in Assiut will take over responsibility for the security of the city after hundreds of policemen went on strike and closed the police stations," the group said in a Friday statement.

 

The announcement was made at the group's headquarters in Assiut.

 

Police personnel began a strike on Friday in the city's five police stations to demand the resignation of Egypt's interior minister.

 

Assem Abdel-Maged, a senior member of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, said the ultra-conservative Islamist group would not allow the city to remain in a security vacuum.

 

Abdel-Maged added that the group had begun setting up "security militias" tasked with securing public and private property in the city, especially banks.

 

He added that Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya would secure all areas that had been abandoned by police. He also said that the group might coordinate its movements with Egypt's interior ministry.

 

"Any policeman who wants to leave his position can do so. But he will not be allowed to come back," Abdel-Maged said. "We want to purge the ministry of such elements anyway."

 

However, a senior member of Assiut's security directorate told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website that the government would "not allow anyone but police" to keep the peace in the city.


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In south Egypt, fears over Islamist vigilantes

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The Gamaa Islamiya once waged a bloody insurgency here, attacking police and Christians in a campaign to create an Islamic state. Now a political force, the former jihadis say they are setting up their own parallel police and are determined to ensure law and order in this southern Egyptian province.

 

Their declaration has set in motion a spiral of tensions in Assiut province, raising fears that hard-line Islamists who call for a strict version of Shariah, or Islamic law, will take the law into their own hands, threatening the delicate sectarian balance of Muslims and Christians here. Opponents warn that if they succeed here, hard-liners elsewhere in Egypt will try to take advantage of the country's lawlessness to increase their power.


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Jama'a al-Islamiya calls on parties to mull civilian security

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Egypt Independent 

The Construction and Development Party, Jama’a al-Islamiya’s political arm, called on all political parties Sunday to find ways to use popular committees to restore security, which police have been unable to do, rather than asking the army to fulfill that task.

The party said in a statement Sunday that it does not want the army to be involved in this matter so as not to repeat developments that have taken place in Libya and Syria.

Popular committees formed during the 25 January revolution when police withdrew from the streets. Islamists again formed popular committees when 60 police departments and 34 Central Security Forces camps went on strike earlier this month.

The Jama’a al-Islamiya had organized a demonstration with motorcycles Wednesday to condemn the violence that took place in Port Said, a city still experiencing instability after clashes between police and demonstrators that left 48 people dead, and forced police to withdraw and hand over the city’s security to the military.

But activists considered the demonstration a declaration that the group has militias ready to replace the police at any time, especially because the group’s statement coincided with the Salafi “Hazemoun” movement — supporters of former presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu Ismail — saying it was willing to take up arms if police fail to secure the country, and with prosecutors talking about citizens’ arrest rights.

Jama’a al-Islamiya leaders had been convicted in the 1990s of terrorism and killing tourists as well as Egyptians. But while in prison, they said they revoked their beliefs that had allowed the killing of anyone not applying Sharia.

The group’s statement said popular committees must operate within the law and the Shura Council’s consent, be formed from all spectrums of the Egyptian people as opposed to a single faction, and be controlled by regulations to help police without committing excesses.

The statement ended by saying this call is obligatory for all political groups if they want to safeguard the country’s interests.

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Le procureur général du Caire incite à former des milices

Le procureur général du Caire incite à former des milices | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
L'annonce a eu l'effet d'une bombe : dimanche 10 mars, le procureur général du Caire a appelé les Egyptiens à se transformer en auxiliaires de police. En vertu d'un obscur article du code de procédure pénale, le magistrat a incité ses concitoyens à appréhender toute personne surprise en train de se livrer à des actes de vandalisme.

Cette déclaration se voulait une réponse au désordre croissant qui règne dans les villes, notamment au Caire, où la corniche du Nil est le théâtre d'affrontements quasi-routiniers entre des Chabab (jeunes) et la police. Samedi, à la suite de l'acquittement de la plupart des policiers inculpés dans le désastre du stade de Port Saïd, en février 2012, au cours duquel 73 des leurs avaient trouvé la mort, des supporteurs du club de football cairote d'Ahly avaient mis le feu au club de la police et au siège de la fédération égyptienne de ballon rond.

 

Mais, plutôt que de ramener un semblant de calme, les déclarations du procureur ont déclenché une controverse immédiate. Compte tenu du mouvement de grève qui touche une cinquantaine de commissariats de police à travers le pays, la plupart des partis d'opposition ont vu dans ces propos un feu vert donné à la création de milices politiques supplétives.

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Une inquiétude confirmée par une annonce du mouvement salafiste Gama'a Islameya, qui s'est dit prêt à constituer sa propre force de maintien de l'ordre à Assiout, dans la vallée du Nil. L'un de ses responsables, Assem Abdel Maged, a affirmé que le parti avait composé des groupes chargés, en l'absence de la police, de veiller à la sécurité des propriétés privées, notamment des banques.La crainte de ceux que l'on appelle les "libéraux" est d'autant plus grande que, durant les affrontements du mois de décembre, devant le palais du président Mohamed Morsi, ses partisans, membres des Frères musulmans, avaient arrêté et torturé des manifestants, avant de les remettre à la police.

 

La vitrine politique de la confrérie, le Parti de la liberté et de la justice, s'est cependant dissociée de l'initiative du procureur, affirmant que le travail de police ne peut être assuré par aucune autre institution que la police elle-même. L'armée a aussi fait savoir sa mauvaise humeur, en déclarant que le projet du parquet "soulève le spectre de la guerre civile".

 

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Tollé contre le droit d’arrestation judiciaire donné au citoyen

Tollé contre le droit d’arrestation judiciaire donné au citoyen | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Le Front du Salut national a estimé que la décision du Procureur général Talaat Ibrahim d’accorder aux citoyens le droit d’arrêter des civils était un prélude au remplacement de la police par des milices de la Confrérie des Frères musulmans. Dans un communiqué, le Front a estimé que cette décision était un précédent, en mettant en garde contre ses dangers. Le vice-président de la Cour de Cassation, Mohamed El-Assiouti s’est moqué de la décision du Procureur général d’accorder aux citoyens le droit d’arrêter des civils. 
El-Assiouti a affirmé qu’en sa qualité de juge, il ne reconnaissait pas le Procureur général actuel. L’objectif de ce qui se passe actuellement est de démanteler l’Etat égyptien, a-t-il fait savoir. Et d’ajouter que cette décision avait pour but de renforcer l’emprise des milices des Frères musulmans et des groupes islamistes sur la rue égyptienne et est un prélude au califat islamique. Des dizaines d’enfants ont mis le feu dans des fils au-dessus du pont de Qasr el-Nil pour empêcher la circulation des voitures.

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Egypte : vers quels comités populaires ?

Egypte : vers quels comités populaires ? | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Alors que les affrontements ont continué à Mahalla en ce début de semaine entre les forces anti-émeutes et les habitants, un des slogans lancé par les manifestants et le plus repris pour la chute de Morsi et du ministre de l'intérieur était "nous n'avons pas besoin de ministre de l'intérieur, nous avons des comités".

En effet depuis plus d'une semaine, avec la grève du second commissariat de police de la ville dont les policiers disent ne pas vouloir s'opposer au peuple,  des habitants du district de Sha 'Abya ont créé des comités de défense contre les vols. Cela s'était passé à l'échelle du pays lors de la chute de Moubarak quand la police avait fait complètement défaut pendant quelques jours.

Un autre comité populaire semble être né à Belbeis ce lundi,

remplaçant cette fois le conseil municipal après qu'un sit-in d'une semaine demandant le départ du maire de la ville qui appartient aux Frères Musulmans ait été violemment éconduit par le maire qui les a traité de bande de voleurs. Apparemment le comité de Bebeis a pris contact avec le gouverneur de la région ( l'équivalent du préfet ici) pour régler lui-même tous les problèmes de la vie quotidienne de Bebeis.

Tentatives modestes et timides mais qui prolongent celles du conseil municipal populaire de Mahalla qui a remplacé un jour le conseil en titre, celles de Port Saïd avec sa police pour le peuple et où la foule descendue en masse dans les rues disait le plus souvent , "maintenant on ne sait plus quoi faire, mais on finira peut-être par faire un état autonome de Port Saïd" (mais peut-être autant dans une esprit anti-Morsi et Frères Musulmans que "régionaliste" anti reste de l'Egypte) , et celle de Kafr el Sheikh dont il a été dit qu'elle s'est administrée elle-même un certain temps.

La continuation de la grève de la police va peut-être favoriser cela en même temps qu'on voit aussi des milices jihadistes ou salafistes prétendre vouloir remplacer la police comme à Assiut ( bien qu'ensuite ils aient démenti cette intention proclamée).  Par ailleurs le procureur général qui vient d'autoriser les citoyens à arrêter d'autres citoyens  pour suppléer à la grève de la police - une manière de légitimer les milices islamistes - encourage aussi à sa manière involontairement cette logique: certains ont répondu "eh bien on va alors arrêter Morsi" (mais des rumeurs disent qu'il est en train de reculer, il a sûrement compris que s'il aide les milices islamistes il aide aussi à la naissance des autres).(...)

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Mais si un mouvement social massif se déclenchait d'ici peu, et le mouvement sur l'essence de ce week-end en donne un exemple (il faut environ une journée entière de queue aujourd'hui pour arriver à faire un plein de diesel subventionné)  ce que tout le monde pressent en Egypte, (à Luxor, la police a arrêté hier dix leaders du mouvement de grève qui touchait les centaines de boutiques touristiques du bazar de la vallée des rois protestant contre les taxes), ces comités populaires pourraient alors se multiplier soudainement et non seulement avoir comme programme de virer les petits Moubarak ou petits Morsi mais probablement dans la foulée, la remise en cause  de la propriété des champs ou des usines, ce qui n'est pas encore apparu en Egypte...

 

C'est ce que craignent particulièrement le gouvernement et les autorités ( et l'opposition), ce qui explique peut-être que la police du Caire et de Giza vient de suspendre sa grève pour dix jours, donnant ce délai au ministre de l'intérieur pour partir...

 

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Prosecution's decision opens door to guardianship - Opposition leader Moussa

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Egypt's former presidential candidate and diplomat Amr Moussa said on Monday that giving citizens a right pertaining that they can arrest people, even if against thugs, adds to Egypt's chaos.

"This issue takes the situation back to putting Egypt under the guardianship of individuals and groups who might find in this right means to their illegitimate wish of intruding in people's lives," the former Arab League Secretary General said as reported by state news agency, MENA.

Moussa asked the prosecution to take back that decision, saying, "What is going on is more than enough, applying Article 37 of the Procedural Law requires an explanation, so that it does not become an excuse for negative alteration of its meaning."

The Salvation Front, Egypt's biggest opposition bloc, and a number of Political Parties denounced the prosecution's decision to grant the right of arrest to citizens, describing it as a political cover for Islamist militias.

Meanwhile, the general prosecution issued a statement on Monday saying that its earlier statement did not grant ordinary citizens the right to arrest outlaws; it only entailed notifying the citizens of their constitutional right to turn in suspects who are caught in the criminal act to the authorities.

The statement stressed, "The right to arrest is granted by law to some government officials. The Justice Minister is authorized to grant this right to others under certain circumstances."

 

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Egyptian prosecutor encourages civilians to make citizen arrests, stoking fears of vigilantism

Egyptian prosecutor encourages civilians to make citizen arrests, stoking fears of vigilantism | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A statement by the office of Egypt's top prosecutor encouraging citizens to arrest anyone breaking the law or committing a crime is stoking fears of vigilante groupstaking over police duties at a time of growing tension and lawlessness.

The late Sunday statement comes at a time when a large segment of the country's police force is on an unprecedented strike and lawlessness and political turmoil appear to be deepening.

Islamist groups loyal to President Mohammed Morsi have stated their intention to form vigilante groups to take over police duties, a prospect that has given rise to fears of civil strife.

Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said Sunday the police oppose the creation of vigilante groups but acknowledged that the force he is in charge of is strained

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Egypt's interior minister won't allow 'militias' to take over functions of 'strained' police

Egypt's interior minister on Sunday declared he would not allow vigilantes or militias to take over police duties, while admitting his police force has been strained by daily protests, clashes and criticism.

Minister Mohammed Ibrahim was speaking a day after protesters rampaged through Cairo, furious over the acquittal of seven of nine police officers in a trial over soccer violence that left 74 people dead last year. Some 21 civilians received death sentences in the highly charged trial. (...)

Ibrahim acknowledged that his force is under strain, but he insisted he will not allow vigilante groups to take over the duties of the force.

"From the minister to the youngest recruit in the force, we will not accept to have militias in Egypt," Ibrahim said. "That will be only when we are totally dead, finished."

His declaration followed a statement by a hard-line Islamist group that its members would take up policing duties in the southern province of Assiut because of strikes by local security forces. Lawmakers have raised the possibility of legalizing private security companies, granting them the right to arrest and detain. (Fox news)

 

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