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Cairo police station attacked after a citizen was allegedly killed by police

A police station was smashed by citizens who allege that another case of police torture has resulted in the death of a citizen

Ahram Online, Monday 15 Aug 2011
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Tens have attacked a police station in Cairo’s Malek El-Saleh area alleging that a person was killed at the hands of police.

Several cars were also smashed by the angry rioters. Ambulances rushed to carry the injured and police could not be seen anywhere around the area.  

Egypt has been struggling with police brutality now for years.

The January 25 Revolution was, to a large extent, triggered as a reaction against police violence. The day 25 January was chosen for the first peaceful demonstration that blew up into a revolution because it was a national holiday to celebrate the police forces.

The January 25 demonstrations, in fact, were initially called as a day of anger against police brutality following several torture cases. The most well-known case is that of 28-year-old Khaled Said, whose pictures of his disfigured face surfaced on the net after he was found dead. Nation-wide people mourned the state of violence towards citizens.

Three days after the first peaceful demonstration in Tahrir Square, the police tried to violently disperse the demonstrators in an avalanche of teargas, batons and later hired thugs. Soon after the intense campaign, the police disappeared. Eventually some returned to work. Since then several torture cases have been reported even after the toppling of the president and the dismantling of his political party. 

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