Walk like an Egyptian POLICE brutality was a big reason why angry Egyptians took to the streets on January 25th 2011, the first day of their revolution.
POLICE brutality was a big reason why angry Egyptians took to the streets on January 25th 2011, the first day of their revolution. Within days they had routed the riot-control units. For months afterwards the country’s omnipresent security services were in disarray and sullenly promised to mend their ways.
But, two years later, it is increasingly evident that little has really changed.
In recent months several cases of kidnappings of prominent activists, some of whom have died after being beaten, have been attributed to the security service.
In some cases policemen are said to be taking revenge for the humiliation they suffered in 2011. Sometimes they have failed to protect citizens; at other times they have persecuted them. In one instance, in Beni Suef, a fly-blown town south of the capital, policemen took revenge on a man accused of killing one of their own. Random instances of police brutality are reported almost every day, ranging from ill-treatment of minors to the killing of protesters, with shots aimed at the head. When cases of police abuse do reach the courts, acquittal or a light sentence most often ensues.
The political crisis that has engulfed Egypt in the past three months, pitting President Muhammad Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood against a range of opposition groups, has made things worse.