Protesters stop transfer of 60 prisoners from Suez police station

Ahram Online , Sunday 27 Jan 2013

Families of prisoners block road in demand for their relatives to stay in Suez's main prison as Egypt's security situation remains fragile

Police and military security forces in Suez have postponed relocating 60 prisoners to Tora Prison in Cairo after tens of people have blocked the road in protest against the transfer. 

Families of the prisoners demanded on Sunday that the prisoners stay in the city’s main prison at Ataqa police station for their protection, in light of the current critical security situation in Suez and across the country.

Central Security Forces (CSF) and military groups were sent to the jail’s area at Ataqa to maintain security measures, said the assistant manager at Suez Security Directorate Major General Hassan Eid.

Riots broke out in Suez on Saturday when the governorate building and four of its five police stations were attacked by angry mobs in the wake of protests on the second anniversary of the January 25 Revolution.

The riots allowed about 19 prisoners to flee Suez police station and about 18 weapons were stolen.

Nine people were killed in clashes between protesters and police in Suez on Friday. 

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