08/03/13 21:46 CET
| updated xx mn ago
| updated at xx
Police officers in several Egyptian cities have been on strike, protesting that they are not adequately equipped to deal with the unrest that’s been sweeping the country.
They gathered outside police stations, demanding more officers and arms to cope with daily demonstrations and to protect police buildings from attack.
“We want the interior minister to be dismissed and weapons for our officers. This morning one of our colleagues was attacked and robbed while wearing a uniform. How can this happen? A policeman is supposed to protect people! Yet he got beaten and robbed!” said one officer.
In Port Said the army has replaced police on the streets. In several cities officers have refused to protect the Muslim Brotherhood saying they do not want to favour any particular faction.
Euronews’ correspondent in Egypt, Mohammed Shaikhibrahim, said from the scene of one demonstration:
“With police stations in several cities under frequent attack and with an almost total absence of security on Egyptian streets, police officers are breaking their silence demanding more power to protect themselves first, so that they can then protect the people.”
Wires > News
- 09:54 CET North Korea sentences Korean American to 10 years hard labour
- 09:40 CET At least 202 civilians killed in past seven days of Aleppo…
- 09:09 CET Vietnam tells Taiwan firm to dig up waste pipe amid “red tide“…
- 09:04 CET Poland could face legal chaos as authorities defy government
- 08:43 CET Air strikes on Aleppo hospital kill doctors and children
- 08:39 CET Iran moderates eye more gains in run-off parliamentary election
- 08:36 CET Russia says U.S. force deployment violates Syria’s sovereignty -…
- 08:29 CET Real estate relic is painful reminder of Italy’s bad debts