For the first time in weeks protesters in Egypt have been attacked on the streets of Cairo. Men in plain clothes set upon demonstrators who’d been calling for reform of the country’s security services.
Quickly arming themselves the activists tried to break into Interior Ministry offices to recover documents they believe will prove state backed torture and other abuses.
One protester said: “The state security apparatus must be dissolved. Its real function was to protect the regime. It was never there to protect us, all they did was set their thugs on us and spy on us.”
Soldiers eventually dispersed the protesters by firing into the air.
Since the 18-day uprising which led to President Mubarak’s downfall, activists have called for more reforms including a major shake-up of the police.