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Egypt ranks 85th in tourism and last in security

Egypt ranks 85th in tourism and last in security | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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A World Economic Forum report that includes 140 countries has revealed that Egypt is ranked 85th in terms of “Travel and Tourism” while occupying last place in terms of security.

The report shows that Egypt fell by 10 places from 2011 to 2013, suggesting that the fall may have been affected by the political instability that has swept the country since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. 

Being among the 10 most countries with traffic accidents and impacts on business due to crime and violence, Egypt was ranked to have the worst security record. 

Rankings included rules and regulations, tourism infrastructure, environmental sustainability, safety, health and cultural resources. 

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization based in  Genève with annual meetings in Davos that are attended by official representatives from all countries.

 

This content is from :Aswat Masriya  
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Egypte : Un mort et 8 blessés lorsque la police chasse un groupe de voyous armés

Un civil a été tué et huit recruts ont été blessés mecredi lorsque la police a chassé un groupe de voyous armés à Qalyubiya, à 40 km au nord du Caire, a annoncé le porte-parole du ministère de la Santé Yahya Moussa à l'agence Chine Nouvelle.

 

La situation de sécurité s'est détériorée en Egypte depuis la révolution de 2011 qui a renversé le régime de Horni Moubarak.

La situation de sécurité s'est dégradée encore ces derniers temps en raison de la lutte politique entre les partisans et les opposants du président islamiste Mohamed Morsi.  

 

http://www.afriquinfos.com/articles/2013/3/13/egypte-mort-blesses-lorsque-police-chasse-groupe-voyous-armes-219085.asp

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7 Arrested in Egypt for Collecting Military Info -

Egyptian security forces arrested seven Palestinian-Arabs on suspicion of collecting material on sensitive military installations in the country. The seven were arrested at the Cairo airport carrying maps of military bases. According to intelligence sources in Egypt, the men arrived in Cairo after visiting Syria and Iran, using fake passports.

 

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/264275

 

 

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Egypt branded more dangerous for tourists than Yemen

Egypt branded more dangerous for tourists than Yemen | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
By Atia Abawi and Charlene Gubash, NBC News 

Tourists have long flocked to Egypt to see the pyramids, take a trip up the majestic Nile or relax on one of its many sun-kissed beaches.

But, in a potentially damaging blow to its economy, Egypt has now been ranked below countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Chad for "safety and security" in an influential report on tourism by the World Economic Forum.

It is perhaps little wonder that tourists are spooked — amid ongoing political unrest, Molotov cocktails, gunfire and tear gas have become almost commonplace in some areas.

Two years after the revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak,protesters still return to Cairo’s Tahrir Square — where it all began — to demonstrate against the Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and lament the country’s failing economy.

Earlier this month, Bedouin gunmen kidnapped a British couple who were on their way to the glittering beaches of Sharm El Sheikh. They were quickly released, but Bedouins have taken other hostages and also attacked police stations and blocked access to towns to show their discontent with what they see as their poor treatment by Cairo.

Last month, thugs attacked and entered the InterContinental hotel in Cairo, forcing it to close down while it implemented heightened security measures.

And there has been also been unrest over death sentences handed out to 21 soccer fans over a deadly riot at a stadium last year.



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Repère : l’Egypte dans la spirale de la violence

Repère : l’Egypte dans la spirale de la violence | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Au départ, croyaient les Egyptiens, il s’agissait de punir les responsables de la mort de dizaines de personnes lors d’un match de football. Mais voilà que l’on se rend compte que le verdict fait des mécontents qui n’hésitent pas non seulement à mobiliser la rue, mais aussi à affronter les forces de l’ordre.Sauf qu’une telle situation inédite a débordé de son cadre pour prendre des proportions et un caractère inattendus.

L’Egypte connaît un vrai problème de sécurité, doit-on se dire, et quel problème ! Une police discréditée et attaquée de toutes parts. Elle n’est pas seulement accusée d’incompétence, mais de soumission au pouvoir islamiste, et à l’inverse, l’armée est, quant à elle, présentée comme proche du peuple. Un bien dangereux clivage. Une dangereuse ligne de fracture, mais il y en a d’autres, comme ce risque de voir l’Etat perdre le monopole de la force, comme cela est pratiqué partout à travers le monde.

Ce qui serait alors l’autre drame de l’Egypte, un tel attribut étant fortement contesté. Un signal fort en est donné par l’appel de forces islamistes égyptiennes pour la formation de comités populaires pour, selon elles, maintenir l’ordre et faire face à ce qui est appelé la «contre-révolution» à la suite de la décision de la police de se mettre en grève, un cas unique au moins dans le Monde arabe. Sauf que le vide, s’il venait à se créer, devrait être comblé par l’armée.

Mais face aux appels pour faire sortir les forces armées dans la rue, le prédicateur salafiste, Hazem Abu Ismail, a menacé de créer une alliance partisane composée de six forces islamistes pour faire face à toute tentative de l’opposition visant la formation d’un gouvernement de coalition. Il a estimé, à ce propos, que le fait d’avoir mis le feu dans plusieurs locaux en même temps que le prononcé du verdict de l’affaire de Port-Saïd dénote de l’existence d’un «plan pour semer le chaos au sein de la société égyptienne».

 

Plus: http://www.elwatan.com/international/repere-l-egypte-dans-la-spirale-de-la-violence-12-03-2013-206358_112.php

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La sécurité au cœur des relations égypto-libyenne

Al Qarra - Le Premier ministre Libyen, Ali Zeidan, s’est rendu en Egypte la semaine dernière pour une visite de deux jours, mercredi et jeudi. Il a d’abord rencontré le président égyptien Mohamed Morsi, avant de s’entretenir avec son homologue, Hisham Kandil. A l’issue de cette rencontre, Ali Zeidan s’est adressé aux fonctionnaires libyens de l’ancien régime qui résident aujourd’hui en Egypte, les mettant en garde contre toute tentative d’ingérence dans les affaires libyennes. 

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FJP Member Recommends Law Allowing Private Firms To Assume Police Duties

FJP Member Recommends Law Allowing Private Firms To Assume Police Duties | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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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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 comes in last on WEF's safety and security index

Egypt comes in last on WEF's safety and security index | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Egypt has fallen to the lowest rank out of 140 countries evaluated in terms of safety and security just behind Pakistan, Chad and Yemen, in the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s Travel and Tourism (T&T) Competitiveness index, released last week.

Egypt's overall rank in terms of T&T competitiveness stood at 85 – falling ten spots since 2011 – due to recent political turmoil. According to the index, Egypt has fallen to tenth place in terms of T&T competitiveness on the list of 15 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries.

Security fears have adversely affected Egypt's tourism sector in recent months, especially since the second anniversary of the 25 January 2011 revolution, which has been followed by months of anti-government protests.

In February, the number of tourists to Egypt – especially those coming from Europe and North America – declined even further due to political unrest, with several western governments advising citizens to exercise caution and avoid large crowds when travelling to Egypt.

The WEF index was released one week after Egypt's worst-ever hot air balloon disaster, which killed 19 foreign tourists in the Upper Egyptian city of Luxor.

In February, Egypt's tourism ministry said that the local tourism industry had incurred losses of around $2.5 billion since the revolution more than two years ago.

 

Al-Ahram, via Aswat masriya

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Egypt comes in last on WEF's safety and security index - Economy - Business - Ahram Online

Egypt comes in last on WEF's safety and security index - Economy - Business - Ahram Online | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt falls to bottom of World Economic Forum's Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index in terms of safety and security, just behind Pakistan, Chad and Yemen.

 

Egypt has fallen to the lowest rank out of 140 countries evaluated in terms of safety and security just behind Pakistan, Chad and Yemen, in the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s Travel and Tourism (T&T) Competitiveness index, released last week.

 

Egypt's overall rank in terms of T&T competitiveness stood at 85 – falling ten spots since 2011 – due to recent political turmoil. According to the index, Egypt has fallen to tenth place in terms of T&T competitiveness on the list of 15 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries.

Security fears have adversely affected Egypt's tourism sector in recent months, especially since the second anniversary of the 25 January 2011 revolution, which has been followed by months of anti-government protests.

In February, the number of tourists to Egypt – especially those coming from Europe and North America – declined even further due to political unrest, with several western governments advising citizens to exercise caution and avoid large crowds when travelling to Egypt.

The WEF index was released one week after Egypt's worst-ever hot air balloon disaster, which killed 19 foreign tourists in the Upper Egyptian city of Luxor.(...)

 

More on:http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/3/12/66552/Business/Economy/Egypt-comes-in-last-on-WEFs-safety-and-security-in.aspx

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Egyptian protesters torch buildings in Cairo

Egyptian protesters torch buildings in Cairo | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Islamist groups and parties backing Mursi called on their followers to form popular protection committees to guard the streets and public property should police fail to do so.

 

Egyptian protesters torched buildings in Cairo and tried unsuccessfully to disrupt international shipping on the Suez Canal, as a court ruling on a deadly soccer riot stoked rage in the country.

 

The ruling enraged residents of Port Said, at the northern entrance of the Suez Canal, by confirming the death sentences imposed on 21 local soccer fans for their role in the riot last year, when more than 70 people were killed.

But the court also angered rival fans in Cairo by acquitting a further 28 defendants whom they wanted punished, including seven members of the police force.

Security sources said two people, a man in his 30s and a young boy, had died in Cairo from the effects of tear gas and rubber bullets. A total of 65 people were injured.

Islamist groups and parties backing Mursi warned against a looming security breakdown and called on their followers to form popular protection committees to guard the streets and public property should police fail to do so.

The presidency said in a statement that the protests had not been peaceful and condemned violence against property. The cabinet issued a similar statement and called on Egyptians to unite and respect court rulings.

On Thursday, Egypt's election committee scrapped a timetable under which voting for the lower house of parliament should have begun next month, following a court ruling that threw the entire polling process into confusion.

The stadium riot took place last year at the end of a match in Port Said between the local side Al-Masry and Cairo's Al-Ahly team.(...)

 

In Cairo, local Al-Ahly fans vented their rage at the acquittals, setting fire to a police social club, the nearby offices of the Egyptian soccer federation and a branch of a fast food chain, sending smoke rising over the capital.

A military helicopter scooped up water from the nearby Nile and dropped it on the burning buildings.

"Ultra" fans, the section of Al-Ahly supporters responsible for much of the violence, said they expected retribution for those who had planned the Port Said "massacre".(..)

In Port Said, where the army took over security in the city centre from the police on Friday, about 2,000 residents who want the local fans spared execution blockaded ferries crossing the Suez Canal. Witnesses said youths also untied moored speedboats used to supply shipping on the waterway, hoping the boats would drift into the path of passing vessels.(...)

 

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Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, a popular Salafi preacher, condemned attempts by the opposition and youth groups to "burn the country down" as a pretext to create a power vacuum and bring back military rule.

"We will face any attempts by the opposition ... to bring back military rule. We have popular blocs to protect and guard," Ismail said.

The Salafi Al-Nour Party and the Gama'a al-Islamiyya made similar statements, calling on their followers to replace the police force should it pull off the streets.

 

More on: http://www.worldbulletin.net/index.php?aType=haber&ArticleID=104522&q=Egypt

 

 

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Egyptian security forces clash with Sinai gunmen

Egyptian security forces clash with Sinai gunmen | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egyptian security forces clashed with gunmen in the Sinai peninsula on Friday, a Ma'an reporter said.

Security forces had pursued a vehicle which they believed to contain explosives, leading to clashes with gunmen who later fled the scene.

Egyptian security forces searched the car and found ammunition for automatic weapons and explosive devices.

Two years after the revolution that toppled president Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's Islamist rulers are contending with a rise in militant activity in the Sinai region that borders Israel and the Gaza Strip.

 

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=572806

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Port Saeed security chief sacked over unrest

Port Saeed, Egypt: The head of security in Port Saeed was sacked on Wednesday, security officials told AFP, as violence raged in the Egyptian canal city.

Mohsin Radi was relieved of his duties and transferred to the prison services department in Cairo “in response to demands by residents and to help calm the situation,” one of the officials said.

Fresh clashes erupted on Wednesday in Port Saeed, the scene of several days of unrest, an AFP correspondent said.

Police and protesters lobbed rocks at each other under a volley of tear gas that caused several people to collapse. Gunfire could also be heard as military planes circled low overhead.

“Dirty government!” the protesters shouted as they ran to escape the thick tear gas.

 

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Actualité Monde : Saisie d'une grande quantité d'explosifs en Egypte

Actualité Monde : Saisie d'une grande quantité d'explosifs en Egypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Les autorités égyptiennes ont annoncé, mercredi, la saisie d'une grande quantité d'explosifs dans la ville de Suez.

"Il s'agit de 500 kilogrammes de produits servant pour la fabrication d'explosifs, qui ont été saisis au niveau du tunnel routier Ahmed Hamdi", sous le canal de Suez, a précisé une source sécuritaire dans cette ville côtière.

Citée par la télévision égyptienne, la même source a précisé que le véhicule transportant ces explosifs se dirigeait vers le sud de la péninsule du Sinaï.

Depuis début 2011, l'Egypte fait face à une détérioration de la situation sécuritaire qui se traduit par une recrudescence remarquable des vols à l'arraché et des vols de voitures, ainsi que des attaques de banques et de fourgons blindés par des malfaiteurs bien organisés et armés.

 

 

http://www.aswat.ma/fr/actualite/actualite-monde/saisie-dune-grande-quantite-dexplosifs-en-egypte/3225

 

 

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Egypt's Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya deploys members in Assiut to 'maintain security'

 

 

Tarek Bedair, an Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya leader in Assiut, said that the ultra-conservative group had deployed its younger members in an attempt to maintain security in the city, where some police officers are on strike.

 

"Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya is not seeking to replace the police, but rather to fill a security vacuum [in the city]," Bedair said in a telephone interview with Al-Hayat satellite TV channel on Tuesday evening.

 

The channel earlier broadcast a video depicting a parade of motorbikes and cars that it described as the "Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya police" patrolling the city's streets.

 

The Islamist group had announced on Friday it planned to use its 'popular committees' to protect Assiut if Egyptian police failed to return to work. Many condemned the announcement fearing it might prompt political groups to start establishing militias.  

 

Bedair said that his group had contributed to handling a number of crises in the city resulting from negligence on the part of regional government officials, including distributing food, butane gas for cooking, and fuel, as well as rubbish collection.

 

Bedair described the move as driven by "a sense of responsibility and an attempt to ensure the stability of the state."

 

However, Assiut Security Chief Major General Abul Kassem Abu Deif rejected moves by any political group to create bodies parallel to the state's security apparatus.

 

"Maintaining security and protecting the citizenry is the responsibility of the police and what Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya has done is illegal," he told the channel.

 

Ahram Online, via Egypt.com

 

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Législation : Plus d’armes en Egypte, moins de sécurité

Législation : Plus d’armes en Egypte, moins de sécurité | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Le nouveau projet de loi élargissant les « prérogatives » des entreprises privées de sécurité est un feu vert implicite à la création de milices armées. Il risque d’accentuer les dérives d’un système sécuritaire déjà défaillant.

La police sera-t-elle un jour dans les mains de puissants hommes d’affaires ou de particuliers ? Le ministre adjoint de la Justice pour les législations, Omar Al-Chérif, a révélé la semaine dernière un projet de loi proposé par le ministère de l’Intérieur, dont l’objectif est d’organiser les activités des entreprises privées de sécurité. Celles-ci sont notamment chargées de la garde de personnalités publiques, ainsi que de la sécurisation de certains bâtiments et des convois de fonds.

 

Selon Al-Chérif, qui s’exprimait par téléphone sur la chaîne privée ONTV, ce projet de loi autoriserait le port d’armes au personnel de ces entreprises. Leur armement, toujours selon le même responsable, sera assuré en vertu de permis limités par la loi et sous le contrôle du ministère de l’Intérieur. « Cette nouvelle loi permettra d’alléger le ministère de certaines charges, en l’assistant dans sa mission », explique Al-Chérif.

Des déclarations qui ont laissé perplexes les militants des droits de l’homme, les juristes et les entreprises de sécurité elles-mêmes. « L’objectif de cette loi est de légitimer la naissance de milices armées », estime Nasser Amine, président du Centre arabe pour l’indépendance de la justice. « Il s’agit d’améliorer l’armement des entreprises privées de sécurité, tout en allégeant les conditions de la détention d’armes. Or, tout le monde doit être conscient que les grands conflits armés en Afrique, comme au Rwanda, au Congo ou en Sierra Leone, ont commencé avec des milices couvertes par la loi et prétendant veiller sur la sécurité », met-il en garde.

Amine va plus loin en accusant, sans les nommer, « certaines formations » de chercher un moyen « légitime » pour assurer leur armement collectif. « Je doute même que ces grèves de la police ne soient orchestrées pour créer un vide sécuritaire propice à l’adoption de ce genre de lois », accuse-t-il.

 

(May Atta / Al-Ahram Hebdo)

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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.

 

http://www.courrierinternational.com/breve/2013/03/12/des-milices-proches-des-freres-pour-palier-l-absence-de-police

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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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The Brotherhood’s Dilemma in Ruling Egypt

The Brotherhood’s Dilemma in Ruling Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

It is not too early to say now, after the recent succession of unfortunate events, that President Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood are facing a real dilemma. The elections have been postponed by order of the judiciary, while civil disobedience continues in Port Said, as private property and government offices are burned down. Clashes and skirmishes have also spread to other cities in the Delta—Mansoura and Mahalla—and more dangerous than all this, police factions have rebelled and begun to join the protests.

This worsening situation is exacerbated by the failed and fragmented Egyptian opposition, united only by their opposition to the president. A segment of this opposition is clearly dishonest; aiming to thwart the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood even if they ignite the whole country in doing so, supported by an intoxicated media force that delivers more painful blows to an already severely strained situation, laughing sardonically at the confusion of the president and his fragile government.

This is a real dilemma, because with regards to the security deterioration, the president is facing two bitter solutions: Firstly, he could adopt a strict and firm approach to security by using live ammunition against the thugs and vandals who are attacking public and private property, some of whom carry weapons.

This is the solution advocated by some supporters of the president and his Islamist allies, and this is also the demand of a significant portion of the people who are growing tired at the continuing unrest and protests that have contributed to the deterioration of the economic situation, the decline in currency, and rising prices.

This solution involves significant risk because using force will pour more fuel on the already burning fire, potentially accelerating the country’s downfall into a spiral of violence and counter attacks. If a security officer shot dead one thug on the street, would the deceased turn into a martyr or national hero? Would we hear people ask “what crime did he commit that he deserved to die?” And then, what if the death toll turned into the dozens and hundreds?

The second solution, and this is what has so far been adopted by the president and his advisory team, is as follows: To exercise the highest degree of restraint towards violence and attacks on private and public property, and not to use arms against the perpetrators of these offences. This solution, although it appears humane and wise, also has serious side effects. It means more insecurity, a decline in the prestige of the ruler, and the further deterioration of the economic situation.

If the people are not fed when they are hungry, and not protected when they are scared, then they will pay little attention to a ruler’s kindness, humanity, and humility, even if he lives in a modest rented apartment.

 

More on: http://www.aawsat.net/2013/03/article55295400

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Judicial Arrest Power Is A Start Of Civil War: El Sadat

Judicial Arrest Power Is A Start Of Civil War: El Sadat | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Mohamed El Sadat, Chairman of Reform and Development Party, has confirmed his denial of the prosecutor general's decision of granting the citizens the power of legal arrest for vandals in the streets; considering this as the beginning of civil war and endless chaos. This matter will lead to emerging more militias in the Egyptian street.

Amid the climates in Egypt which require finding the best solutions for the current crises, the prosecutor general surprises the Egyptians with his vague decision that unfortunately supported by the Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, said Mohamed El Sadat. This power will lead to collapsing the state, as Egypt will become a "New Iran", in which the opposition figures would be tortures by the ruling regime.

El Sadat has condemned the Egyptian president for not issuing a statement that stop working with this unwise decision, which opens the door for the religious movements to implement what they seek under a legal cover

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Egypt shuts down

Egypt shuts down | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Energy crisis drives taxi and bus operators to cease work; police officers’ strike prompts debate about ‘private security committees’.

 

Egypt’s descent into anarchy due to its government’s inability to establish order and a continuing energy shortage lead all major Arab newspapers.


 

“Egyptian interior minister: Army cannot secure the country alone” reads the main headline of the Saudi-owned A-Sharq Al-Awsat, a paper known for its staunch hostility to the Muslim Brotherhood. In response to the violent protests against the Egyptian government that have taken place in cities along Suez Canal and north of Cairo, thousands of low-ranking police officers have gone on strike to express their disapproval of the Islamist politicization of the police force.

The result has been a complete breakdown in government control of major Egyptian population centers. Fearing a seizure of power by the Egyptian Armed Forces and fighting immense criticism for his handling of the police officers’ strike, Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim says “the army cannot secure the country alone.”

The London-based Al-Hayat reports that Ibrahim has expressed “willingness to resign on the spot if that will resolve the crisis.” However, he insists that all that must be done to restore order is to “keep rioters away from sensitive security areas and order will be restored within one month.”

In light of the security breakdown, the widespread vandalism of public property, and the thousands of people who have been wounded in the rioting, a group of Muslim Brotherhood legislators have proposed a law calling for the establishment of “popular security committees” by private Egyptian citizens to defend their neighborhoods and restore order, according to the London-based Al Quds Al-Arabi.

 

Justifying the creation of these “committees,” the legislators released a statement saying “the nation is exposed to vigorous attempts to abort the Egyptian revolution and sabotage Egypt from the inside.”

The National Salvation Front, the leading political opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood-led Egyptian government, categorically rejected the proposal, warning it would be the precursor to the forming of armed militias that would plunge the country into a real civil war.

 

However, Hassan Yassin, an adviser to Egypt’s attorney general, expressed support for the formation of security committees.

“It would give citizens the right to stop perpetrators of criminal offenses as long as they caught them in flagrant violation and handed them over to the nearest policeman,” he said.

 

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Egypt's Minister of interior: Army cannot provide security

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Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim asked on Sunday for discarding the police from the "political equation" so that it does its part in maintaining security.

"The police has nothing to do with political conflicts between the government and the opposition," Ibrahim said at a press conference, aired on AlJazeera channel.

The Interior Minister denounced the media attack on his ministry, pointing out that it adversely affects the performance of the police, asking, "If the police were to withdraw, what are you going to do?"

"The Armed Forces cannot play the role of the police in maintaining security in the event of withdrawal of the police," Ibrahim said adding that their role lies in fighting, not maintaining security.

Regarding the strikes of members of the Central Security Forces, the minister said that they took to the streets after the uprising and that they are exposed to high levels of psychological pressure and are being attacked by all kinds of weapons whereas they are only armed with teargas bombs.

"It is natural for them to be angry, I understand their rage, we are now studying their demands and we are to address them soon," Ibrahim said.

He denied allegations that the police uses violence against protesters in demonstrations, stressing that the security forces only use teargas bombs.

"We have not fire any bullets since January 25," he said.

"Enough with rumours and attacks... let us work to achieve security for everyone," the minister said directing his words at the media and political forces.

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Rights group suggests communal police to end violence

Rights group suggests communal police to end violence | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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The New World Foundation for Development and Human Rights has advised Egypt's government to form a "communal police" to contain deteriorating security conditions. 

Waves of violence have swept the Middle East's most populous country in recent weeks with protesters and forces clashing across the country and strikes and civil disobedience continuing in several locations. 

The violent confrontations have left tens dead and wounded as the police apparatus fails to control the situation. 

The foundation explained that a communal police would not replace the police apparatus but help curb the violence and reduce the tension between civilians and the police. 

It added that other countries, where the police force could not be trusted due to its ill reputation that is marred by torture and oppression, had implemented this system as it was challenging to recover the force. 

It suggested for the government to train fresh graduates of law and other related majors for six months and spread them across the country to monitor daily security issues. 

 

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Egypt’s silent soccer stadiums show the depth of country’s troubles

Egypt’s silent soccer stadiums show the depth of country’s troubles | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

It was the kind of game that used to lock Egyptians in 90 minutes of suspense. Cairo’s Zamalek team was up against Suez’s PetroJet. Zamalek’s Ahmed Gaafar scored the last of three goals in that shutout game, after the ball bounced off PetroJet’s goalie. Gaafar kissed the ground as the television announcer roared a loud “Goal!”

The stadium, however, was silent. There were no fans to see the game.
Ever since 74 fans died last year in a stampede after a match between rivals al Ahly of Cairo and Port Said’s al Masry, the government has prohibited fans from attending the games. Concerned that Egypt’s badly demoralized and fractured police were unable to secure the games, matches now take place in stadiums secured and owned by the country’s military.

 

The change is one of the many new forms of normal emerging here – and shows how the inability of the government to guarantee the safety and security of its citizens has affected life here.

 

Just as women can no longer safely attend demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for fear of sexual assault, soccer fans can no longer attend their beloved games for fear of organized mayhem. Instead, they must watch the matches on TV, staring from the sidewalk at a set in a cafe or, for wealthier Egyptians, alone or with friends in their living rooms.

 

Last month, a judge in Port Said sentenced 19 al Masry fans to death for their role in last year’s stampede (...) And police are bracing for another round of demonstrations on Saturday.

 

In the meantime, the game already has changed.
Before the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, soccer dominated debate in a nation where the political landscape seemed static and fears of arrest were real for those who those who spoke out against the government. Fans were so animated about games that one could follow a match from afar just by listening for the noise of the crowd. A roar would erupt with every goal; a groan for every missed opportunity. Afterward, fans would take to the streets.

These days, soccer has been pushed out as a national priority by the daily barrage of protests, economic turmoil and persistent instability. In the absence of fans, the games, broadcast on national television with the empty seats in the background, look more like scrimmages or intense practices.

 

“People are less interested in soccer by 50 percent because, for example, al Ahly is having a match while there is a protest going on in Port Said,”

 

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Ministry preparing bill for private security companies to help police

Ministry preparing bill for private security companies to help police | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Justice Ministry is preparing a draft law to form private security and money transport companies to help the Interior Ministry, as well as in securing important facilities and people,said Assistant Justice Minister for Legislative Affairs Omar al-Sherif.

“The draft would be sent to the Shura Council soon,” Sherif said.

Several police stations and central security departments have been on strike since yesterday, demanding the dismissal of Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim for failing to deal with the violence between anti-regime demonstrators and security forces in several governorates. They also demand better armament.

Edited translation from MENA (Egypt independent)

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