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Egypt’s coalition of police officers cancel Monday’s protest

Police officers cancel planned protests, scheduled for Monday, following a meeting with interior minister

Ahram Online, Sunday 23 Oct 2011
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The Police Officers Coalition has decided to call off Monday’s planned protests after the Interior Ministry vowed to fulfill a list of demands the coalition submitted recently.

“The protest was cancelled after some coalition representatives sat down with Interior Minister Mansour El-Eissawy yesterday,” the coalition’s general coordinator, Ahmed Mostafa, told a news conference Sunday.

“During that meeting, the minister accepted our most important demands.

“Our demands are legitimate and essential to guarantee a decent life for police officers, which will consequently result in better performance and will improve efforts to secure the country.”

The demands include banning the referral of police officers to military courts in disciplinary issues and simplifying procedures to obtain a firearms license.

The list also includes a variety of measures to improve the social conditions of police officers.

Egyptian police have come under fire following January’s revolution, with many complaining that El-Eissawy has not been able to stop disorder since his appointment in March.

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