Hundreds of Egyptian police rallied on Sunday to demand higher wages, in a rare act of defiance of a new protest law which they themselves have been enforcing to quell unrest on the streets.
The demonstration by police was an ironic turn of events after arrests of activists for violating the controversial law passed last month, which requires Interior Ministry permission for any public gathering of more than 10 people.
Around 200 non-commissioned officers had been granted permission to protest at a Police Club in Cairo, where they called on officials to come to discuss their pay demand with them.
When they received no response they marched to the Interior Ministry in defiance of the new law. Security sources said they shoved barricades at fellow members of the security forces outside the club, before the protesters were allowed to march.
An interesting turn of events in Egypt.
14:38 // 3 months ago
Tahrir Square, the historic site that has come to symbolize the 2011 Egyptian revolution, has gotten a makeover in recent days. But Egyptian activists say it is yet another effort by the government.
Already spurring up controversy, the Egypt government moves quickly to build a brand new monument in the middle of Tahrir Square. They are preparing for it to be completed before November 19th rallies. Activists are saying it’s in an effort to erase history of the last few years. Here’s an Egypt Independent report on the debate.
13:42 // 3 months ago
Egypt’s interior minister, Mohammed Ibrahim, has survived a car bomb attack on his convoy as it travelled through the Nasr City district in Cairo.
Security officials are not yet clear whether the explosion on Thursday morning was caused by a suicide car bombing or an explosives-laden car detonated by remote control.
Ibrahim is in charge of the country’s police force.
The blast damaged the armored car which was transporting Ibrahim, and injured at least 21 innocent bystanders on Thursday. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack at this time.
15:13 // 6 months ago
Islamist supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi refused to abandon their protest camps in Cairo on Monday and said they would fend off any police crackdown with sticks, stones and their faith.
Security sources and a government official had said on Sunday that police action to dismantle the camps would begin at dawn despite the risk of violent clashes. But nothing transpired during the course of the day.
At the al-Nahda camp, centered round a traffic circle and extending down a palm tree-lined boulevard next to the city zoo, protesters lolled in the shade of tents away from the mid-afternoon sun. The mood was solemn but not fearful.
Representatives of Egypt’s military leaders continue to insist that Morsi supporters have been violent during the protests; however, protesters continue to deny the accusations, and insist they have no plans to leave. One protester even told Reuters that they’ve “been [demonstrating] for 28 days and will stay until I die” if that is what it takes to see Morsi return to office.
15:01 // 6 months ago