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Police NCOs end sit-in at Ministry of Interior

A security source says non-commissioned police officers ended their sit-in in front of the Ministry of Interior peacefully

MENA, Saturday 29 Oct 2011
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Police Low-ranking policemen demonstrate in front of Cairo's interior ministry Monday (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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A security source has said lower-ranking policemen ended in a peaceful way their sit-in in front of the Ministry of Interior in downtown Cairo.                                              

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to media, said that Central Security Forces (CSF) had coaxed the protesters into ending their sit-in.

The policemen also ended their strike after Minister of Interior Mansour El-Eissawy met some of them and reaffirmed his promise to meet their demands.

More than 10,000 lower-ranking policemen from across Egypt started demonstrations last Monday in front of the Ministry of Interior before some of their peers in other governorates followed suit.

They chanted against El-Eissawy, calling on him to step down. They also demanded higher wages, fair promotions, proper healthcare, equal pay according to efforts and workload, proper working hours and a "cleansing" of the ministry.

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