Beni Suef police cut local rail service to protest work conditions

Ahram Online , Sunday 22 Apr 2012

Disgruntled cops in central Egyptian city demand higher wages and better working conditions, call on interior ministry officials to open direct talks

Hundreds of policemen on Sunday cut rail services in the central Egyptian city of Beni Suef to protest low salaries, poor living conditions and the lack of adequate healthcare at police hospitals.

Protesting policeman Mohamed Abbas condemned the fact that police were still not provided with medical treatment at public hospitals, "despite promises by the interior minister immediately after last year's revolution that our families would be treated in police hospitals."

"This is a privilege only afforded to high-ranking police officers, which low-ranking officers still aren't entitled to," Abbas added. 

Head of Beni Suef's police department Attiah Mazrou reportedly told protesters on Sunday that ten policemen would be permitted to meet with the interior ministry's deputy advisor to discuss their grievances. Disgruntled policemen, however, rejected the offer, demanding instead that the ministerial advisor come to Beni Suef to hold direct talks with them.  

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