Two injured in military police crackdown on sit-in at Suez's judicial complex

Ahram Online, Sherif Tarek, Tuesday 28 Feb 2012

Military police clashed with protesting employees at the Suez judicial complex, injuring at least two of them

Military Police
Military Police (Photo: Al-Ahram archive)

Violent clashes erupted between employees at Suez's judicial complex and military police on Tuesday as the latter tried to nip a sit-in in the bud. At least two civilians were injured and hospitalised.

A host of employees, hundreds according some media reports, at the judicial complex staged a sit-in to demand financial benefits and perks.

They consequently closed the doors of the complex, and hence the military police stepped in to forcibly open them. Two of the employees were admitted to Suez's General Hospital after sustaining various injuries in the ensuing violence.

One of the demonstrators, Arabi Eid, commented on the crackdown by saying, "The military police assaulted us although we had announced our intention to hold the sit-in days ahead."

Egypt's military police has used force against protesters on a number of different occasions since violently dispersing a sit-in staged in Tahrir Square, the focal point of the January uprising, on 9 March, 2011.

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