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Downtown Cairo protest blockage now cleared near El-Azbakia Police Station

The angry protests sparked by the death - allegedly at the hands of police - in downtown Cairo at the El-Azbakia station are now under control; police and military forces have unblocked the area

Ahram Online, Saturday 4 Jun 2011
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The roadways downtown near El-Azbakia Police Station have been cleared after last night’s ‎uproar calmed and the facilities were secured by police and military forces. ‎

Forty-year-old driver Mohamed Saeed was pronounced dead Friday after clashing with a ‎senior police officer outside a downtown Cairo station and was taken inside with 13 other ‎mini-bus drivers for parking violations.‎
 
It is not clear what caused his death. A crowd of about 200, primarily family members and other drivers who have a history of clashing ‎with police officers for holding invalid licences, accused police of torturing him and ‎gathered around the station in protest, asking to see the body.‎ A police car was set on fire in the process.‎

Security sources denied any foul play and said Saeed seemed to have collapsed of ‎low blood pressure. His body had been transferred to the morgue for an autopsy. The ‎interior ministry said it was investigating the incident.‎

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