Egypt parliament votes to pay uprising victims

By REUTERS
March 19, 2012 23:18

 
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CAIRO - Egypt's new parliament voted on Monday to award cash handouts to people left severely handicapped in clashes with security during last year's uprising against Hosni Mubarak, in its latest move to boost compensation to victims of the violence.

Forces loyal to Mubarak killed around 850 people and injured thousands before he was toppled in a dramatic demonstration of people-power that was a defining moment of the Arab Spring.

Mubarak himself is on trial, accused of ordering the shooting of protesters, corruption and abuse of power.

Parliament voted to amend a draft law to give 100,000 Egyptian pounds ($16,600) to every protester severely handicapped by their injuries. The draft law had originally only promised that level of payment to families of protesters who died.

Egypt's ruling generals, who took over executive power from Mubarak after his fall, would still have to approve the compensation law for it to come into effect.

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