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Egypt's policemen strike, no longer want to be used as political tool

Published on Mar 8, 2013 1:26 AM

CAIRO (AFP) - Policemen across Egypt staged a strike on Thursday to demand the resignation of the interior minister, saying they no longer wanted to be used as a political tool, security officials said.

The discontent began weeks ago with isolated pockets of protest, but by Thursday police were on strike in areas of Cairo, Alexandria, the Nile Delta, the Suez Canal provinces, southern provinces and the Sinai peninsula.

Dozens of officers closed the Qasr al-Nil police station in Cairo, demanding the sacking of Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim, who they say is working with President Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood to use the force in a political battle.

"Leave, Brotherhood minister," the policemen chanted.

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