Policemen protest for second day

Around 1000 policemen continued to protest in front of the Ministry of Interior, calling for the prosecution of former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli and complaining of citizens' anger towards them in the wake of the popular revolt that led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

A number of civilians joined the march, which was attended by Egyptian and international media reporters.

The protesters rejected an invitation to negotiate made by Interior Ministry officials.

Egypt witnessed separate protests by policemen complaining of increased working hours and demanding the right to recieve medical treatment at police hospitals.

They met with police chiefs in different governorates to discuss possible solutions. New Interior Minister Mahmoud Wagdi decided to revoke penalties imposed over the last six months and vowed to come up with immediate solutions once order is restored to the streets.

Tensions between the police and Egyptian citizens–already strained–reached a climax during the protests that started on 25 January. Police reportedly used live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas against protesters, killing over 300 and injuring thousands.

Al-Adli is reported to be facing a trial over these deaths and his decision the withdraw security forces on 28 January, which led to widespread chaos and looting.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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