Interior ministry says police had no intention of attacking cabinet sit-in

Ahram Online, Saturday 26 Nov 2011

A security source says police forces did not try to forcibly disperse a sit-in located in front of the cabinet office

An injured protester is aided by others during clashes with Egyptian security forces on Saturday (Photo: AP)

An anonymous Ministry of Interior source told Ahram’s Arabic site that police forces did not try to forcibly disperse the sit-in located in front of the cabinet office.

Chaos erupted this morning in the Qasr El-Aini thoroughfare after around six Central Security Forces (CSF) vans approached a thousand-strong demonstration in front of the cabinet office, protesting the military council’s decision to appoint Kamal El-Ganzouri as the new prime minister.

The ministry, in an official statement, said the vans were only passing by the cabinet to transport some police forces to the ministry’s headquarters, and had no intention of attacking the sit-in.

Clashes reportedly broke out between protesters and the CSF as a young man named Ahmed Sayed, 21, one of those taking part in the sit-in, was run over by a blue CSF van.

Sayed, who appeared heavily bleeding in a YouTube video, has been confirmed dead by the Ministry of Health.

He died upon succumbing to a pelvic fracture that caused internal bleeding. He is the 42nd protester to be killed since last Saturday.

The Ministry of Interior offered condolences to the family of the victim and expressed “deep sorrow” over his death. It also announced that an investigation into the incident would get underway immediately.

Protesters converged on the cabinet building near Cairo’s Tahrir Square yesterday, not only to denounce Kamal El-Ganzouri’s appointment as prime minister, but also to prevent him from entering the premises.

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