Monday, October 14, 2013

'The real force behind the Egyptian ''revolution of the state'''

In March 2011 protesters stormed the headquarters of the dreaded State Security Service (Amn al-dawla) in Cairo. Here activists in the archives room that contained files on individual Egyptians. Right now the Amn al-Dawla is back in business again. (Photo Hossam al-Hamalawy).  

Reuters press agency published a remarkable story about 'how the Egyptian police and forces at the ministry of the Interior colluded with the army in order to depose the Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi:
 Weeks after Mubarak was overthrown, the Interior Ministry called a meeting at the police academy in Cairo. The gathering, headed by the interior minister and senior security officials, was the first in a series that discussed how to handle the Brotherhood, according to two policemen who attended some of the gatherings. Thousands of mid- and lower-ranking officers were angry and said they could not serve under a president they regarded as a terrorist. Senior officers tried to calm them, arguing that the men needed to wait for the right moment to move against Mursi. "We tried to reassure them but the message did not get through," said a senior police official. "They just fumed silently." The senior state security officer told Reuters there were no explicit orders to disobey Mursi but that a large number of officers decided they would not be "tools" for the Brotherhood.
The story in its entirety gives examples about how the security services were actively involved in getting rid of Morsi. It is to be found here.

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