22 January 2013

Egypt: The New Minister of Interior Begins His Era By Severe Hostile to the Right to Peaceful Demonstrations ANHRI Denounces the Dispersing of the Set-in of the Holders of the Master Degree By Force and Arresting Some of Them After Arresting Demonstrators in Alexandria

press release

Cairo — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces today the return of the ministry of interior to its repressive policies in dealing with the peaceful demonstrators by using excessive violence and dispersing the peaceful gatherings by force in addition to the arrest of the participants after a short while of the General "Mohamed Ibrahim" became the minister of interior.

The security bodies, in Monday morning, arrested 13 demonstrators from the holder of the masters and Phd degrees in addition to dispersing their peaceful set-in by force. They were in a set-in in front of the house of the prime minister in Mesaha street in Dokki, to call for his resignation and to assign them in the administrative body in the state, after the attempts of security director of Giza failed to convince them to disperse their peaceful set-in.

In Alexandria on Sunday evening violent clashes erupted between the security forces and citizens who demonstrated in front of the complex of the courts of Mansheya, during the hearing of the trial of the officers who are accused of killing the protesters during the Egyptian revolution. They called to punish the officers and retribution for the martyrs, after the security bodies tried to disperse them by using excessive force.

The security bodies arrested 30 demonstrators and brought them to the prosecution on charges of storming the court complex and firing it in addition to disturbing the public transportation, assaulting the public properties, provoking terror and panic among the citizens. Mansheya prosecution decided to imprison 9 of them for 4 days on pending investigations.

ANHRI said "it is clear that the new minister of interior Mohamed Ibrahim has a deliberate intention to return to the repressive policies which was pursued by the Ministry during the time of Habib El-Adli as a minister, which was clear from his statements and the statements of the Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, which alluded to the use of force against the peaceful demonstrators".

ANHRI added that "any attempt by the Egyptian authorities to confiscate the right of the peaceful demonstration, which is one of the most important achievements of the January revolution is totally unacceptable. ANHRI said that "the Ministry of Interior and the government of Dr. Hisham Qandil are responsible for any violence that may result from the attack on the right to peaceful demonstration which is guaranteed by the international treaties; signed by Egypt "

ANHRI calls on the authorities to release the detainees whether from the master degree holders or the protesters of Alexandria in addition to hold the responsible of dispersing the peaceful protesters by force to account.

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