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Bearded policemen stage sit-in for 15th day

Bearded policemen stage sit-in for 15th day | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

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




Almasry Alyoum, via Egypt.com

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En arrière toute !

En arrière toute ! | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Les historiens se souviendront que tout a commencé sur un terrain de sport, en février 2012, à l’occasion d’une rencontre de football qui aura fait 74 morts et des centaines de blessés. Depuis, les accidents de parcours s’enchaînent, avec cette implacable illogique propre aux événements, grands ou petits, qui font ce qu’il faut bien appeler la vie d’une nation. Treize mois plus tard, Mohammad Morsi se trouve confronté à cinq crises majeures, incapable de leur trouver une ébauche de solution, prisonnier de son parti mais paradoxalement sauvé par une décision de justice... qui le désavoue. Et la foule qui, hier encore, réclamait la fin de l’emprise des militaires sur les rouages de l’État en est à évoquer l’impensable : un putsch, comme au bon vieux temps d’un certain Gamal Abdel Nasser.

En confirmant la peine de mort à l’encontre de 21 supporters de Port-Saïd et en acquittant 28 autres prévenus, la justice (aveugle, comme tout un chacun sait) a donné le signal d’un mouvement de mécontentement touchant et la grande ville située sur le Canal – dont sont issus les premiers – et la capitale elle-même d’où sont originaires les seconds. Par voie de conséquence, les agents de l’ordre se sont retrouvés dans une position des plus inconfortables, accusés qu’ils sont par la rue de brutalité excessive, par le pouvoir d’incapacité à réprimer la contestation. Ils ont donc décidé d’entrer à leur tour en rébellion, convaincus d’être les mal-aimés et les grands incompris du pays. Il était temps pour eux de battre en retraite : en deux mois, les affrontements entre la maréchaussée et les manifestants ont fait 55 morts, dont cinq policiers.

 

Human Rights Watch, dans un évident souci d’objectivité, a dénoncé « un usage excessif de la force », mais reconnu dans le même temps la présence dans les rangs de la foule d’« éléments armés incontrôlés ».


L’armée s’est vue dans l’obligation de prendre la relève, ce qui ne semble pas lui déplaire outre mesure. Les officiers se sont dépêchés aussitôt de se lancer dans une vaste campagne de relations publiques qui leur a permis de gagner les cœurs. Il n’est plus question pour Port-Saïd, comme il y a deux semaines, de faire sécession. Par contre, on parle ouvertement de paralyser, ou à tout le moins de perturber le trafic à travers le canal de Suez. À quelque 170 kilomètres de là, au Caire, les supporters du « onze » local, le Ahly, adversaire malheureux (le match sanglant s’est terminé sur le score de 3-1 en faveur du Masri port-saïdien), ne décolèrent pas et viennent de reprendre le contrôle de la rue. « Ce qui se passe actuellement, ont-ils dit à un journaliste de l’agence Reuters, ce n’est que le commencement. Vous verrez si toute la lumière n’est pas faite sur le massacre de l’an dernier... ».

Egypt-actus's insight:

Mohammad Morsi n’avait vraiment pas besoin de cette épine supplémentaire au pied, lui qui doit se battre contre l’opposition, la rue et les magistrats. La semaine dernière, le tribunal administratif de la capitale a ordonné l’annulation du décret présidentiel fixant au 22 avril la date de la première phase des élections législatives, une opération qui devait s’étaler sur deux mois.(...)

 

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Violences en Égypte: la police défie les Frères Musulmans

Violences en Égypte: la police défie les Frères Musulmans | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

La crise sécuritaire en Egypte qui vient s'ajouter aux crises politique et économique : ces dernières semaines les affrontements entre manifestants et police se sont multipliés à travers le pays. Les forces de l'ordre elles-mêmes tirent la sonnette d'alarme. L'Egypte est-elle devenue ingouvernable ?Invités :Antoine BASBOUS, directeur de l'Observatoire des Pays ArabesMohamed EL MEKKAWY, porte-parole du parti Liberté et Justice (en duplex du Caire)Hani HANNA, militant, membre de l'association du 25 janvier à ParisRobert SOLÉ, journaliste, écrivain

Émission préparée par Pauline Heilmann, Anthony Saint-Léger et Maud Roubeaud.

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Deuxième partie : http://www.france24.com/fr/20130311-debat-partie2-egypte-morsi-freres-muslmans

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Less than 1% of Egyptian police on strike, says ministry source

Less than 1% of Egyptian police on strike, says ministry source | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The police officers strike is declining, and does not include more than one percent of the total number of police stations nationwide, an interior ministry source told Ahram Arabic website Monday.

 

According to the source, many police officers returned to the job on Monday morning, after telling officials that their work would be limited to protecting important buildings, and they will not intervene in the cases of sit-ins, strikes or demonstrations, and they will not get involved in politics.

Egyptian police officers have been staging nationwide strikes since Tuesday. Their demands were first articulated in the canal city of Ismailia, when security forces refused to deploy in the nearby city of Port Said, where recent clashes have left hundreds injured and at least five dead, including security personnel.

Some 8,000 police officers and recruits in 34 Central Security Forces camps in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and the cities of the Suez Canal later joined the strike.

Last week, an interior ministry official told Ahram Online that at least 60 police stations had joined the strike in several Egyptian governorates, including Cairo, Luxor, Gharbiya, Assiut, Menoufiya, Damietta, Mansoura, North and South Sinai and Mahalla, protesting their exposure to risk in clashes with demonstrators.

Ten police stations in Alexandria also joined the strike on Saturday.

 

Ahram Online

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Prosecution says it does not grant citizens right to arrest

Prosecution says it does not grant citizens right to arrest | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Egypt's general prosecution said on Monday that its statement on Sunday 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 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," the statement, published on the prosecution's official page, stressed.

The statement clarified that Sunday's prosecution statement urged police officers to carry on their duties against rioters and vandals who are caught in the act without warrants or court orders is supported by texts of law.

The statement also explained that Sunday's statement informed citizens of their right, according to law, to turn in criminals in the event of seeing them red-handed. It added that this right is provided for in Article 37 of Criminal Procedures Law, issued in 1950.

The statement urged the media to practice accuracy and objectivity in reporting news.

Liberal and Socialist Parties condemned granting citizens the right to arrest suspects, saying this decision may instigate civil war and gives a political cover to Islamist militias.

 

Reuters, via Aswat Masriya

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Police in Giza, Cairo, end strikes

Police in Giza, Cairo, end strikes | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Al-Masry Al-Youm 

Police officers in Cairo and Giza have ended their strikes, while continuing to condemn the policies of Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.

Assistant Interior Minister for Giza Security Abdel Mawgoud Lotfy had earlier convened with other officials from the province's security directorate, reaching an agreement to end the police sit-ins, according to a source at the Giza Security Directorate.

Protesting officers have given their superiors 10 days to carry out their demands, which include Ibrahim’s removal, justice for police deaths and keeping them out of political conflicts.

Cairo Investigation Chief Gamal Abdel Aal also said that also police stations in Cairo are operating normally, saying that striking police resumed work after submitting their demands to the interior minister.

Abdel Aal told Al-Masry Al-Youm Monday that the officers will go back on strike if the Interior Ministry does not fulfill their demands.

Earlier on Monday, a ministry statement said 16 officers have been killed since January, when clashes erupted between police and anti-regime protesters on the second anniversary of the revolution.

The strikes started earlier in March, with officers protesting their lack of arms while being obliged to defend police stations and other facilities from attacks. The strike reached 10 governorates on Friday, but it is unclear whether or not the strike still continues in other governorates.

 Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


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Situation très tendue en Egypte, la police en grève

Situation très tendue en Egypte, la police en grève | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

En Egypte, de violents accrochages entre policiers et manifestants se sont poursuivis dans la nuit du dimanche 10 mars au lundi aux abords de la place Tahrir. Un des signes du désordre croissant qui frappe l’Egypte et qui semble de plus en plus incontrôlable puisque même la police commence à baisser les bras est que le Procureur général appelle « les honnêtes citoyens à arrêter les voyous ».

Avec notre correspondant au Caire, Alexandre Buccianti

Y a-t-il un pilote dans l’avion ? C’est la question que se posent de plus en plus d’Egyptiens. Dimanche 10 mars, la circulation au Caire a frisé la mort clinique à cause de la grève des chauffeurs de minibus protestant contre la pénurie de carburant. Ils en ont assez de passer des heures pour faire le plein. Résultat, des millions de Cairotes ont passé des heures à chercher des moyens de transport ou sont restés bloqués dans les bouchons.

Par ailleurs, des agents de la circulation ont rejoint la grève d’une partie de la police qui réclame le limogeage du ministre de l’Intérieur. Samedi les Egyptiens ébahis ont vu sur leurs télévisions des images de jeunes pillant la Fédération de football avant d’y mettre le feu. Les six coupes d’Afrique des Nations remportées par l’Egypte ont ainsi disparu.

 

Dans ces conditions les Egyptiens attendaient une intervention du président de la République. La télévision d'Etat a même annoncé, avant de démentir. Le seul responsable vu sur les télés était le commandant de la deuxième armée qui calmait la colère des habitants de Port-Saïd.

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Collapse of state institutions under Brotherhood’s rule: Egypt Interior Ministry as example

Collapse of state institutions under Brotherhood’s rule: Egypt Interior Ministry as example | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Discontent in Egypt's police ranks has boiled over into an unprecedented strike, with officers saying they will refuse orders until they are no longer used as political pawns, adding to the problems of President Mohamed Morsi.

Accused of excessive use of force by the opponents of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, police officers say they feel despised by the people when they are simply following orders -- and they will not take any more.

"We are suspending our work indefinitely because we refuse to take responsibility for the mistakes of a government that wants to get involved in political conflicts," police Colonel Hassan Mostafa said in Port Said.

"All of society is against us, it considers the demonstrators (killed in clashes) to be martyrs, and we don't even have the right to defend ourselves," he added.

The police, particularly the Central Security Forces (CSF), have been engaged in violent and deadly street clashes with protesters, turning the public even more against an already reviled institution long accused of abuses.

The CSF is the branch of the interior ministry used to quell protests.

The police want a law to clearly lay down their powers and duties, and have also demanded weapons to deal with ongoing political protests.

The police "are paying the price of a political conflict. They risk prosecution (over the deaths of protesters) or getting killed" in clashes which have spiked since the end of 2012, General Abdel Tawab Hefni of the police headquarters in Alexandria told the independent daily Al-Shorouk.

(Mona Salem / Middle East Online)

 

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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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Drame de Port-Saïd: après le verdict, la police sous le feu des critiques

Drame de Port-Saïd: après le verdict, la police sous le feu des critiques | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Par Alexandre Buccianti / RFI

Les attaques les plus violentes sont celles des ultras. Ces supporters du club de foot cairote al-Ahly reprochent à la police d’avoir laissé massacrer leurs camarades à Port-Saïd et de ne pas avoir payé le prix fort. Les ultras ont menacé de se venger.

Parmi ceux qui critiquent férocement les forces de l’ordre, il y a aussi le Front du salut qui trouve que la police reste presque exclusivement un outil pour la répression de l’opposition. Les islamistes, eux, lui reprochent ses états d’âme et notamment la grève qui s’est répandue un peu partout en Egypte.

Le Front du salut propose une réforme de la police afin qu’elle soit au service du peuple et non du pouvoir, quel qu’il soit. Un projet difficile à mettre en œuvre surtout quand on est dans l’opposition, trop long aussi à mettre en oeuvre pour la Jamaa islamiya, ce groupe jihadiste converti à la politique, qui a annoncé la formation de milices chargées de maintenir l’ordre en Moyenne Egypte.

Les Frères musulmans au pouvoir ne désapprouvent pas, même s’ils ont leur propre projet : ils proposent une loi permettant la création de sociétés de sécurité privées dont les hommes seront armés et disposeront du droit de saisie judiciaire pour « alléger le fardeau de la police ».

 

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Égypte: la police, en grève, pour dénoncer son instrumentalisation

IRIB- La police égyptienne, secouée par un mouvement de contestation, sans précédent, a décidé de ne plus obéir aux ordres, ayant le sentiment d'être instrumentalisée par le pouvoir en place.

Accusés d'usage excessif de la force, par l'opposition et les jeunes manifestants hostiles au Président islamiste, Mohamed Morsi, et aux Frères musulmans, les policiers se sentent détestés, par leurs concitoyens, alors qu'ils assurent respecter, simplement, les consignes.

«Nous suspendons notre travail, sine die, car nous refusons d'assumer la responsabilité des erreurs du gouvernement, qui veut nous impliquer dans le conflit politique», affirme à l'AFP Hassan Mostafa, un colonel de police à Port-Saïd.

«Toute la société est contre nous, elle considère les manifestants (tués dans les heurts), comme des martyrs, alors que nous n'avons même pas le droit de nous défendre», ajoute-t-il.

Dans le journal "Al-Chorouk", le général Hefni Abdel Tawab, du QG de la police, à Alexandrie, explique que les policiers «font les frais de conflits politiques, alors qu'ils risquent des poursuites judiciaires, (si des manifestants meurent) ou d'être tués», dans les heurts.

 

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FJP Spokesman: Time to cleanse police -

FJP Spokesman: Time to cleanse police - | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, Freedom and Justice Party, Murad Ali, said on Sunday that it is time to cleanse the police.

"Those who get their pay from the living wages of the people and yet do not protect them, have no place among us, either they straighten up or they are sacked," Ali said in a statement published on the official page of his Party.

Ali stressed that the strike of police officers is not the reason for the absence of security, saying that security has been absent for two years.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim asked on Sunday the media and political forces to discard the police from political conflicts.

Police officers nationwide started an open-ended strike on Thursday demanding the ouster of the Interior Minister.  

 

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Egypte : un ministre dénonce les "rumeurs" sur les brutalités policières

Le ministre égyptien de l'Intérieur a appelé dimanche à mettre fin aux "rumeurs" sur les brutalités policières, affirmant que les forces de sécurité n'avaient jamais ouvert le feu sur les manifestants depuis le début du soulèvement de 2011.

 

 

Au cours d'une conférence de presse, Mohammed Ibrahim, confronté à une grève inédite de milliers de policiers appelant à son départ, a accusé les médias de mener une campagne contre le ministère de l'Intérieur et de propager des mensonges.

"Ce sont nous qui sommes visés par des jets de pierres, par des balles réelles (...) cela met trop de pression sur les officiers", a-t-il souligné.

"La police est attaquée toute la journée dans les médias. Pourquoi ces rumeurs ? Pourquoi les attaques ?", a-t-il poursuivi, dénonçant des informations faisant état de tortures sur les détenus et accusant la police d'ouvrir le feu sur les manifestants. "Cela est faux".

 

La police a été impliquée dans de violents heurts avec des manifestants à travers le pays depuis des mois, des ONG de défense des droits de l'Homme locales et internationales l'accusant de meurtres.

Des violences dans la ville de Port-Saïd déclenchées en janvier par des condamnations à mort prononcées contre 21 supporteurs d'une équipe locale de football ont fait plus de 40 morts.

 

"Il existe des preuves que (...) que la police a ouvert le feu quand elle a été la cible de tirs le 26 janvier, mais elle a continué à tirer même après que la menace eut diminué, tuant et blessant nombre de manifestants et de passants", a affirmé Human Rights Watch la semaine dernière.

Mais M. Ibrahim a insisté sur le fait que la police n'avait jamais tiré sur les manifestants. "Nous n'avons pas effectué un seul tir depuis le 25 janvier (2011). Aucun", a-t-il dit en référence au début du soulèvement populaire qui a mis fin au règne du président Hosni Moubarak.

Selon lui, la police est la cible d'attaques et subit d'énormes pressions, d'où la grève des policiers.

 

Des milliers de policiers à travers le pays refusent d'obéir aux ordres, certains ayant même fermé des commissariats pour dénoncer leur instrumentalisation par le pouvoir et réclamer la démission du ministre de l'Intérieur, jugé trop proche du président islamiste Mohamed Morsi.

 

M. Ibrahim a néanmoins estimé que les grévistes étaient une minorité, et affirmé se tenir loin des intrigues politiques.

"Nous appelons tout le monde à nous tenir à l'écart de leurs calculs (des politiciens, ndlr). Nous n'appartenons à aucune formation, idéologie, opposition", a-t-il insisté.

(AFP, via L'Orient Le Jour)

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Egypt presidency says only police responsible for security

Egypt presidency says only police responsible for security | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's presidential spokesman, Ihab Fahmy, has said that making arrests and maintaining security are the responsibility of the state and that the interior ministry is the concerned body. 

Fahmy added in a statement that was reported by the state news agency that the government is keen on supporting the interior ministry at this critical time, calling on all forces to cooperate to restore the trust between the people and the police apparatus. 

Police officers and central security forces began strikes in Cairo and other locations in recent weeks in protest against their involvement in political disputes and what they described as their inadequate preparation to confront violence.  

In response to the strikes, some ultraconservative Islamist groups had called for communal police to assume the responsibility of maintaining security which some liberal politicians saw as an attempt to leave room for illegal militias to take the law into their own hands. (...)

 

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Police assault two human rights lawyers

Police assault two human rights lawyers | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Central Security Forces (CSF) conscripts assaulted two human rights lawyers who were defending detained protesters in the Qasr El-Nile prosecution office located in Abdeen Court.

The two lawyers subjected to the attack, Mohamed Fadel and Anas Sayed, are members of the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights and the Hesham Mubarak Law Centre respectively.

Police conscripts assaulted the lawyers for objecting to the abuse their defendants were receiving, a joint statement by the two human rights groups said.

“After objecting to the beating of the detained protesters, the lawyers walked out of the prosecution office to find themselves ambushed and assaulted by CSF conscripts in front of the prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor witnessed the event,” the statement said.

Both centres filed complaints against the conscripts with the Qasr El-Nile prosecution which immediately opened a case, ordered the arrest of the conscripts, and referred the lawyers to a hospital for a medical report by the forensics authority.

“The centres take this incident as evidence that violence is part of the police’s creed and that such events are not isolated one-off incidents. The police use violence as the only way to respond to any given situation,” the statement said.

The NGOs called for a restructuring of the Ministry of Interior and police as well as the punishment of all officers and personnel involved in such incidents.

(Ahmed Aboul Enein / Daily news Egypt)

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Grève des forces de l'ordre égyptiennes contre leur "instrumentalisation"

Grève des forces de l'ordre égyptiennes contre leur "instrumentalisation" | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Depuis jeudi, un mouvement de contestation au sein de la police et des forces anti-émeutes égyptiennes fait tâche d'huile. Des milliers d'agents sont en grève pour protester contre leur instrumentalisation par les islamistes au pouvoir.

D'Alexandrie au Caire, les forces de l'ordre en ont ras le képi et le font savoir. Depuis jeudi dernier, un mouvement de contestation sans précédent au sein de la police égyptienne prend de l'ampleur. Des milliers d'agents se sont mis en grève à travers tout le pays, alors que seules quelques villes étaient touchées jusqu'alors.

Signe que le malaise est profond : ces derniers jours, la grogne s'est également étendue aux forces anti-émeutes, les Forces de la sécurité centrale (FSC)... qui n'avaient plus connu un tel mouvement depuis 1986. À Ismaïliya, sur le canal de Suez, les FSC ont ainsi refusé de se rendre dans la ville voisine de Port-Saïd, où les heurts entre policiers et manifestants ont fait une cinquantaine de morts, dont trois policiers, depuis fin janvier. M. Morsi a dû faire appel à l'armée pour assurer la sécurité à Port-Saïd.

Convaincus d'être instrumentalisés par le pouvoir en place, accusés d'usage excessif de la force par l'opposition et les jeunes manifestants hostiles au président islamiste Mohamed Morsi et aux Frères musulmans, policiers et FSC ont donc décidé de ne plus obéir aux ordres de leur hiérarchie.

Dépolitiser la police

"Nous suspendons notre travail sine die car nous refusons d'assumer la responsabilité des erreurs du gouvernement qui veut nous impliquer dans le conflit politique, affirme à l'AFP Hassan Mostafa, un colonel de police à Port-Saïd. Toute la société est contre nous, elle considère les manifestants (tués dans les heurts) comme des martyrs, alors que nous n'avons même pas le droit de nous défendre", ajoute celui-ci, traduisant le sentiment de la plupart de ses collègues qui se sentent détestés par leurs concitoyens alors qu'ils assurent respecter simplement les consignes.

 

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Sixteen policemen killed since January, says Interior Minister

Sixteen policemen killed since January, says Interior Minister | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Egypt Independent 

Sixteen policemen have been killed and 1,684 were injured in encounters with anti-regime protesters and felons since 6 January, according to a statement by Ministry of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim.

Clashes with protesters have injured 971 officers since January, while the remaining 713 were wounded during other police operations.

Nearly 70 people have been killed in violence between security forces and anti-regime demonstrators since January. Investigations are underway to decide the police’s role in the killings.

Ibrahim is scheduled to be interrogated by prosecutors on 17 March along with other aides over the death of at least 42 protesters in Port Said in January.

Those deaths occurred in violent clashes triggered by the Port Said Criminal Court sentencing 21 residents of the merchant city to death over their involvement in the 2012 Port Said Stadium massacre, which left 72 dead.

Several police departments and security camps have staged strikes demanding Ibrahim’s removal and better arms to defend themselves from protesters' assaults.

Ibrahim said in a press conference Sunday that policemen have been working under severe pressure and have been unable to respond to assaults.

 

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Brotherhood tells police to seize ‘historic chance’

Brotherhood tells police to seize ‘historic chance’ | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Fady Salah | Daily news Egypt

 

The Muslim Brotherhood told police officers on Sunday to confront criminals and combat violence in accordance with law and human rights.

The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) issued a statement on its Twitter account on Sunday, where Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Ahmed Aref described the current security situation as a “historic chance” for the police body to wipe clean its past history if it confronted Egypt’s “thugs”, according to Aref. He claimed that those he described as “thugs” always worked in favour of Mubarak’s regime, adding that they are still following the same route.

“Policemen, remember that being heroes has a price, and everyone is with you in regaining your legitimate rights of combating violence, but in accordance with law and respect to human rights,” he said.

Aref called on opposition groups to step back and rationalise their use of right to peaceful protests, to allow police forces to carry out its functions.

 

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FJP Member Recommends Law Allowing Private Firms To Assume Police Duties

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The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) is currently mulling draft legislation aimed at allowing the state to use private security firms for domestic policing duties, prominent FJP leader Saber Abul-Fotouh said on Saturday.

The proposal comes within the context of an ongoing nationwide strike by large numbers of Egyptian police officers.

According to Abul-Fotouh, who served as head of the labour committee in the People's Assembly (the now-dissolved lower house of Egypt's parliament), the legislation would give privately-owned security companies the right to carry arms and make arrests.

The proposed law – which Abul-Fotouh wants referred to the Shura Council (the upper house of Egypt's parliament, currently endowed with legislative powers) for ratification – is ostensibly meant to fill the security vacuum resulting from the ongoing police officers' strike.

 

"I'm calling for a draft law to be submitted to the Shura Council, and put before a popular referendum, to allow private security firms to safeguard the state," Abul-Fotouh told Ahram Online.

"I also recommend the formation of popular committees tasked with safeguarding the citizenry and state institutions in the event that police continue their strike action," he added.

The twin calls come against the backdrop of what Abul-Fotouh describes as "the blackmail of the interior ministry by former regime loyalists who are spearheading a counter-revolution, which is to blame for Egypt's current state of turmoil."

Critics, however, argue that the proposals will simply serve to alienate the public and stir up further unrest.

Zakareya Abdel-Aziz, a former head of the Egyptian Judges Club, slammed the notion as "utterly absurd," warning that such moves – if they were put into effect – could potentially lead to civil war.

"Such a move [the employment of private security firms] would mean the replacement of institutionalised security operations with popular, non-technical [security] operations," Abdel-Aziz asserted.

 

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La police se rebelle contre le gouvernement Morsi

La police se rebelle contre le gouvernement Morsi | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

La tension est à son paroxysme en Egypte où le traitement musclé des dernières manifestations contre le verdict du procès de Port-Saïd a jeté l’huile sur le feu.

La police, qui était aux avant-postes de violents affrontements, en a ras-le-bol de se voir désigner à la vindicte populaire. Elle a ainsi décidé, depuis hier, de se rebeller, elle aussi, contre le gouvernement islamiste des «Frères» qu’elle accuse de l’avoir instrumentalisée. «Nous suspendons notre travail sine die, car nous refusons d’assumer la responsabilité des erreurs du gouvernement qui veut nous impliquer dans le conflit politique», a affirmé, à l’AFP, Hassan Mostafa, un colonel de police à Port-Saïd. 

De fait, la police égyptienne, qui a servi de bras armé au gouvernement Morsi, de plus en plus impopulaire, n’en peut plus de subir les dommages collatéraux d’une gestion politique des manifestations. Et pour cause, elle est accusée d’usage «excessif» de la force par l’opposition et les jeunes manifestants hostiles au président Mohamed Morsi et aux Frères musulmans. Les policiers égyptiens se sentent un peu coupables d’avoir fait le sale boulot pour le pouvoir central, provoquant ainsi une vague de dénonciations de leurs compatriotes protestataires.

Ceci, d’autant plus, arguent-ils, qu’ils ne font que respecter les consignes du gouvernement. «Toute la société est contre nous, elle considère les manifestants (tués dans les heurts) comme des martyrs, alors que nous n’avons même pas le droit de nous défendre», s’emporte Hassan Mostafa.

 

Les policiers refusent le sale boulot

Le général Hefni Abdel Tawab, du QG de la police à Alexandrie, est encore plus cru dans les colonnes du journal Al Chorouk. Pour lui, les policiers «font les frais de conflits politiques, alors qu’ils risquent des poursuites judiciaires (si des manifestants meurent) ou d’être tués dans les heurts». Ces tragiques événements, qui ont mis le corps de la police dans le box des accusés, semblent avoir donné l’alerte dans les rangs de cette corporation pour clarifier ses rapports avec le pouvoir politique. Cette démarche de quasi-désobéissance à l’autorité hiérarchique sonne, en effet, comme un véhément rappel à l’ordre du gouvernement Morsi, lui signifiant que la police n’entend point servir de bouclier pour cacher son incompétence à restaurer l’ordre en Egypte.

 

(El-Watan)

 

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Islamist groups support police

Islamist groups support police | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The coalition of Islamic forces, including most Islamist groups in Egypt, issued a statement on Saturday night highlighting its support of security forces and criticising attacks on police stations and security directorates.

“During these times where the nation is facing severe dangers and attempts to abort the Egyptian revolution and destroy Egypt internally, any patriotic Egyptian should do nothing but put his partisan stances aside and hurry to rescue his nation,” read the statement.

The statement said the police institution is a national body that belongs to the people, adding that everyone should support the police in maintaining order and securing public and private property.

The statement praised police officers, claiming that they are subjected to huge pressure to ‘politicise’. It described attacking police stations and security directorates as “attempts to spread chaos in the country” and called on the Ministry of Interior to investigate any violations conducted by its personnel.

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Egypt faces police strikes amid daily protests

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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, criticism, and groups of officers going on strike. (...)

The unrest coincides with an unprecedented wave of strikes by police over demands for better working conditions, as well as anger over alleged attempts by President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood to take control of the police force.

 

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.

 

"There are groups of policemen on strike. I understand them. They are protesting the pressure they are under, the attacks from the media," the minister said. "They work in hard conditions and exert everything they can and are not met with appreciation or thanks."

Egypt's police and internal security forces are widely hated seen as a legacy of the rule of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, when they were notorious for abuses, torture and crackdowns on political opponents, including the Brotherhood.

 

Ibrahim said the strike is minor and is not affecting the capabilities of the force. Instead, dragging the police into the political dispute between the opposition and the ruling Islamists is exhausting the force, he said.

(CBS news)

 

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Egypte : Le ministre de l'Intérieur insiste sur l'indépendance de la police

Egypte : Le ministre de l'Intérieur insiste sur l'indépendance de la police | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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 (Xinhua) - Le ministre égyptien de l'Intérieur Mohamed Ibrahim a insisté dimanche sur l'indépendance de la police dans le conflit politique actuel, demandant aux forces politiques de maintenir la police hors de la politique.

"Laissez nous travailler pour la sécurité", a indiqué le ministre au cours d'une conférence de presse.

Il a tenu ces propos à la suite des affrontements sanglants entre les forces de l'ordre et les manifestants antigouvernementaux, qui ont fait deux morts et 19 blessés samedi près de la place Tahrir, au Caire.

Plus tôt dans la journée, le ministre de l'Intérieur a été convoqué pour répondre à des questions concernant les événements de janvier dernier à Port-Saïd qui ont fait au moins 40 morts et des centaines de blessés, après que 21 personnes impliquées dans cet incident furent condamnées à mort, samedi. (Afriquinfos)

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Identity crisis for Egypt’s police under new order

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Security forces for decades were thuggish protectors of Mubarak s repressive state.

 

The young policeman with scuffed boots and sleepless eyes sat on a motorcycle in a neighbourhood that no longer feared or respected him. Khalid Sayed wore the colours of his trade: a black beret adorned with a silver eagle. An officer for three years, Sayed patrols streets where guns flow and jobless youths roam with knives and rage.

Uniformed men with badges and battered side arms once held sway here, but their swagger has been clipped by a new and dangerous order. Egypt’s police and central security forces, for decades the thuggish protectors of Hosni Mubarak’s repressive state, now safeguard a new government run by Islamist elements they once persecuted. The 2011 turnaround has sparked an identity crisis. Some officers have sided with protesters while others have been blamed for systematic torture, including sexual humiliation and electric shock.

The atmosphere threatens the nation’s tenuous stability and jeopardises tourism and foreign investment at a time of growing pressure from the West for wider civil rights protections.

“The revolution has changed the system. We’re confused about who we are now,” said Sayed, watching over a tangle of alleys where schoolboys tilt under the weight of book bags and the clang of holding cells echoes from a jail.

“President [Mohammad] Mursi doesn’t know what he wants from us. Does he want the police to fight thugs and criminals, or crush the street protests against him?”

Their faces blurry behind riot shields, their misdeeds bright in headlines, the police are tormentor one day, victim the next. Street cops and central security conscripts often appear adrift in a discomfiting netherworld, looking for cover and feeling abandoned by their commanders while carrying out the duties of a president from the Muslim Brotherhood that many of them despise.

 

Opposition parties blame the police for torturing and killing activists and protesters. Human rights groups have criticised Mursi for not reforming the Interior Ministry, which often adheres to Mubarak-era brutality, including the recent televised beating of a man who was stripped naked and dragged by police through the street.

“The police are acting badly,” said Ramadan Eisa, a pensioner in Sayed’s Imbaba neighbourhood. “They beat someone. Why? Why risk further ruining their reputation? They have always been this way. They are making better pay nowadays. They should stop their behaviour. But they’re conceited and too proud of themselves.”

Police say they are scapegoats for government failures to stem economic and social turmoil that has given rise to an angry and brazen public. Police stations have been attacked and officers killed, including five in Port Saeed, where more than 50 people have died since January in clashes between armed mobs and security forces after a court verdict against soccer fans accused of murder.

 

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Egyptian minister warns of police strain

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The Egyptian interior minister has said daily protests, clashes and harsh media criticism have strained the nation's police forces.

Mohammed Ibrahim also dismissed a strike by policemen as minor and warned against what he called plots to cause the disintegration of the force, saying he will not allow vigilante groups to replace the police.

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

 

His declaration followed a statement by a group that its members would take up policing duties in the southern province of Assiut because of strikes by local security forces.

Legislators have raised the possibility of legalising private security companies, granting them the right to arrest and detain. (...)

 

Hundreds of police officers went on strike over complaints about working conditions and allegations that the country's government is trying to infuse the force with supporters, dragging it into the country's highly polarised politics.

"There are groups of policemen on strike. I understand them. They are protesting the pressure they are under, the attacks from the media,'' the minister said. "They work in hard conditions and exert everything they can and are not met with appreciation or thanks

 

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