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Protesters Storm Cairo’s Secret Police

Just when it seemed protests were quieting down in Egypt, there’s a new flare up: Protesters marched on the headquarters of secret police forces in Cairo on Saturday, demanding that they disband. On Friday, some 200 protesters broke into the secret agency’s offices in Alexandria after police opened fire on protesters. Egyptian police officials have long been accused of human-rights abuses, including torture of detainees, and the country’s citizens are determined to enact change. Protesters told Agence France Presse that they saw police officials setting fire to documents that could be used in court to prove human-rights abuses. Prime Minister Essam Sharaf addressed thousands in Tahrir Square on Friday and vowed to reform the country’s police forces, saying he hoped Egypt’s “security apparatus will serve the citizens.”

March 5, 2011 10:00 AM