June 30 maybe designated new Egypt's police day: Minister

Ahram Online, Thursday 16 Jan 2014

Egyptian minister of interior claims Muslim Brotherhood plan chaos in Tahrir square on January 25

Protesters demonstrate in Tahrir Square in 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim says his ministry is considering changing the national police day, originally celebrated on January 25, to June 30 which witnessed mass protests that eventually led to the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.

His statement came during a phone interview with private-owned Mehwer TV channel, where he urged Egyptians to converge to squares on January 25, the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising, to confront  "chaos planned by the Muslim Brotherhood" on Tahrir square that day

Egypt's revolution erupted on 25 January, 'National Police Day,' to protest rampant police brutality, which had been a hallmark of the Mubarak regime.

The 2011 uprising saw the death of approximately 840 Egyptians with more than 6,000 wounded, according to figures released by Amnesty International.

Several policemen were accused  of firing live rounds on unarmed demonstrators during the revolution. To date, however, Egypt's judiciary hasn't convicted a single policeman.

25 January was chosen as National Police Day in Egypt after 50 officers were killed by the British in 1952 for refusing to withdraw from the city of Ismailia. 

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