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Egypt PM says police should respect human rights after revolution

Kamal El-Ganzouri, Egypt's premier, calls on the police to respect the human rights of protesters and exercise 'utmost' restraint

Ahram Online, Saturday 7 Jan 2012
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Egypt's current Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri (Photo:Reuters)
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Egypt’s Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri visited a Central Security Forces camp Saturday morning in the presence of Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.

During the visit, Ganzouri called on the Central Security Forces and soldiers to “assure respect for human rights and the law,” saying that police forces should “practice utmost degrees of restraint" and look for "peaceful resolutions” when dealing with protesters.

Ganzouri was appointed prime minister on 25 November by the ruling military council after former premier Essam Sharaf resigned following a deadly five-day battle between Central Security Forces and protesters in Mohamed Mahmoud Street off Tahrir Square.

In this battle, Central Security Forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets continuously at protesters. At least 41 protesters were killed as a result of the violence and injuries reached over 800.

Police authorities have been facing scathing criticism following the January 25 Revolution for lack of evident reforms. One of the revolution’s main triggers was the long history of police violence and torture against civilians during the Mubarak era.

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