Report: Egypt to remove police blamed for crackdown

July 7, 2011 13:16

CAIRO - Egypt's government plans to reshuffle senior police to remove officers implicated in a violent crackdown on anti-government protests in January, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday.

The announcement seems designed to assuage popular anger at heavy-handed police tactics ahead of mass demonstrations that rights groups and pro-democracy activists have called on Friday.

Activists are demanding swifter trials for officials accused of killing protesters during the 18-day uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak and have called for reforms to make security forces more accountable.

More than 800 people were killed and 6,000 wounded during the first days of the uprising, when police used batons, tear gas, water cannon and live ammunition against protesters.

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