Egypt: Interior Minister - If Police Service Collapses, Egypt to Turn Into Militia State

During a press conference held on Saturday 2/2/2013 at the Ministry's headquarters, Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim warned if the police collapsed, Egypt will turn into a militia State just like some neighboring countries.

Ibrahim stressed that the police are a national service that belong to the people and work for the sake of the Egyptian citizen's security and safety.

The minister pointed out that the ministry has developed a strategy to deploy security forces in order to protect peaceful demonstrations that were held around Ittihadiya Palace and Tahrir square within the framework of the so-called "Salvation Friday".

He added that the security forces were surprised by 300 people who insisted on throwing flame balls, Molotov cocktails and fireworks at a gate the Presidential Palace and so the police had to use water canons to drive them back.

Fifteen Police officers and conscripts were injured during clashes between the security forces and rioters on al-Ahram Street, while 11 rioters were arrested, Ibrahim said.

Ibrahim added that there are some elements that carry on with creating chaos in Egypt's streets which are witnessing unprecedented violence, calling on all political powers to keep the police far from political conflicts.

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