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Doctors' syndicate notifies interior ministry of rallies in all Egypt hospitals Saturday

The doctors will protest assaults by police on doctors as part of a campaign for dignity launched at the general assembly last week

Ahram Online , Tuesday 16 Feb 2016
Egypt
Egyptian doctors gather outside their syndicate in Cairo on February 12, 2016, to protest against an assault by policemen on two of their colleagues in a public hospital last month (AFP)
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Egypt's doctors' syndicate sent a letter to the interior ministry Monday notifying officials of nationwide rallies that will take place at hospitals on Saturday, 20 February.

The rallies aim to condemn repeated assaults on doctors, according the syndicate's official website.

"Kindly take the necessary measures to secure the rallies," the notification letter read.

The decision was part of a set of measures the syndicate's emergency general assembly voted for last Friday.

The assembly was held in response to a recent assault by nine policemen against doctors at Matariya Hospital on 28 January. 

Thousands of doctors at the assembly voted to provide medical service to citizens for free in public hospitals starting 27 Februrary until the policemen are referred to court.

Before the assembly, Cairo's prosecution charged the policemen of assault and use of violence, but they were released without bail after 24 hours of detainment pending further investigations.

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