Last Update 1:52
Sunday, 22 April 2018

Police won't protect Brotherhood HQ on 30 June: Interior minister

Only state institutions will be protected by police during planned mass protests marking anniversary of President Morsi's inauguration

Ahram Online , Tuesday 11 Jun 2013
File photo: Muslim Brotherhood supporters chant pro-Mursi slogans in front of the Brotherhood's main headquarters in Cairo March 22, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
Views: 3733
Views: 3733

Police will only protect state institutions, not the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters, during opposition protests on 30 June, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said on Tuesday.

The presidential guard is the only force responsible for protecting the presidential palace, Ibrahim added, but police will offer support if requested.

The palace has witnessed a number of clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi. The worst outbreak of violence, on 5 December 2012, killed at least 10 and injured more than 600.

Police will not guard the Muslim Brotherhood HQ, which also witnessed protests and violence the past few months, or those of other political parties, Ibrahim stated.

The Rebel (tamarod) campaign has accused the interior ministry of failing to protect its headquarters in downtown Cairo which was torched on Friday.

Minister Ibrahim said police would not stop protests on 30 June, but was silent on whether they would protect opposition 'Rebel' supporters from pro-Morsi groups who have decided to stage counter rallies.

Assem Abdel-Maged, a leading member of Egypt's ultra-conservative Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya movement, had earlier said that "there is no limit to what might be done to protect the legitimacy [of the president] and the state."

The Rebel campaign, a signature drive launched in May with the intention of "withdrawing confidence" from Morsi by collecting 15 million citizens' endorsements, has called for mass protests on 30 June to demand Morsi's ouster.

Late in May, the campaign announced collecting seven million endorsements.

Citing Egypt's increasingly dire economic situation, the Rebel campaign has called for nationwide protests to coincide with the end of Morsi's first year as president on 30 June.

Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, was elected last year in Egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential elections.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

12-06-2013 02:17pm
I don't like how AlAhram are deleting my comments. I wrote the MB does not need the police to protect their HQ, their militias will be enough.
Comment's Title

© 2010 Ahram Online.