Egypt state security officers protest dismissal of police

July 11, 2011 00:51


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ISMAILIA, Egypt - State security officers in the Egyptian city of Ismailia staged a protest on Sunday over the dismissal of policemen accused of killing demonstrators during a popular uprising.

The security officers had been assigned to keep order at football matches in the Suez Canal city and in Port Said, at the northern entrance to the canal, but held the protest at their compound instead, security sources said.

It is rare in Egypt for security forces to defy their commanders.

Prime Minister Essam Sharaf said on Saturday he had ordered the interior minister to dismiss all policemen accused of killing demonstrators who massed in January and February leading to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

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