Monday, 7 March 2011

Protesters say "down with state security"

According to various sources, pro-democracy protesters broke into the interior ministry and secret police offices and reportedly obtained 11 classified documents confirming oppression of the people of Egypt under the former government.

On Sunday 6th March, the protesters demonstrating in Cairo to demand reforms of the security services were attacked by men in civilian clothes armed with knives and bombs. It is yet unclear who exactly is responsible for the attacks, but the restructuring of Egypt's security has been one of the key demands made by the pro-democracy protesters.

Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has called on those who had appropriated the documents to submit them to the Council, a call that was seconded by Egypt's new Prime Minister Essam Sharaf on Friday 4th March. Speaking to the crowds in Tahrir Square Sharaf was greeted with people changing, "down with state security".

Egypt's military rulers are worried about the country's internal security and lack the necessary experience to manage civilian matters, which leaves Egypt in a somewhat precarious position.

It is thought that Sharaf's new cabinet, however, will most likely be accepted by the protesters as it contains no remnants of the old regime. Sharaf named former Cairo security chief Maj Gen Mansour El-Essawy as the new interior minister, Nabil Elaraby as the new foreign minister and Mahmoud Al-Guindy as the new justice minister.

Sources: BBC News, Reuters, Aljazeera

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