Sacked for growing beards, Egyptian police demand jobs back

October 31, 2012 19:19


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CAIRO - Dozens of Egyptian policemen suspended from work in February for growing Islamic beards protested outside the Interior Ministry on Wednesday and called on President Mohamed Morsi to secure their reinstatement.

The policemen had sought to challenge an unwritten rule that stopped members of the security forces from growing beards during the rule of President Hosni Mubarak, who used the police to crush Islamist groups he saw as enemies of the state.

Morsi had said during his campaign he had no objection to members of the security forces growing beards. Morsi himself has a beard.

Four of the officers challenged their dismissal in the courts and secured rulings that obliged the Interior Ministry to reinstate them. But the court orders have not been implemented.

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