Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Egypt: Police still corrupt and brutal!

On June 6th, thousands of Egyptians rallied around the country to commemorate the one year anniversary of the murder of Khaled Said, the 28 year old Alexandrian who was tortured and murdered by 2 undercover police officers.
The anniversary comes at a time when Police have been accused of 4 separate cases of torture and murder of innocent civilians in the last 2 weeks alone.
In mid-town Cairo, hundreds gathered at the headquarters of the notorious Ministry of Interior, chanted against police brutality and painted Said's pictures on its walls. In Alexandria, hundreds marched across the Corniche to demand an end to police brutality.
The government of Essam Sharaf which promised back in March to respect human rights have failed to overhaul the corrupt Police department. Instead, the minister of Interior has basically shuffled corrupt and brutal officers within the department for the most part.
Until this very day, not one police officer has been punished for the murder of more than 865 protesters during the revolutionary upheaval that lasted from January 25th till February 11th.

Below, activist Hossam Hamalay captured part of the lively protest in Cairo!


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