8 February 2012

Egypt: Interior Minister - No Shotgun Shells Were Fired At Protesters

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Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim assured the parliament on Tuesday 7/2/2012 that troops guarding the Interior Ministry did "not at all" use cartouch shells against protesters.

They just used tear gas to break up the protests, he told a People's Assembly hearing session.

The Minister said the Ministry had to set up cement barriers in the streets leading to its building to avoid a showdown with the protesters.

"We just want to protect both sides; the protesters and the police and security forces from harm," the minister told the hearing session.

He said that the police have been demoralized and perplexed. "They see colleagues being brought to trial for carrying out their duty and defending state establishments and when they do not do so they are accused of being lax and negligent."

He revealed that 273 policemen were injured in clashes with the protesters and at least 243 people were arrested during the clashes.

The fact finding committee, appointed by the People's Assembly to probe incidents in the vicinity of the Ministry of Interior and killing protesters, has called for withdrawing confidence from the Minister of Interior, purging the Ministry and immediate halt of violence.

The committee held Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim responsible for what is taking place and called for moving the Ministry to preserve citizens lives and to protect adjacent stores.

Lawmaker Ossama Yassin, the spokesman for the committee said field physicians in the scene found many citizens having cartouche shots in their bodies, some of which led to their death, added some policemen were found having cartouche shots in different parts of their bodies.

The committee called for issuing a legislation guaranteeing the right of peaceful demonstration, urging protesters near the Ministry to return to the square to distinguish protesters from saboteurs.

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