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Outrage in Egypt over video of naked man beaten by police

Published on Feb 3, 2013 5:59 AM
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CAIRO (AFP) - A video footage of a man beaten and dragged naked by policemen in Cairo triggered an outrage in Egypt on Saturday and prompted calls for Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim to resign.

But hours after the presidency expressed disappointment over the incident and Ibrahim offered to resign, the man told state television the policemen were actually trying to save him from protesters - a claim quickly dismissed by his relatives.

Footage of the incident was broadcast live on television during protests on Friday night against Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. It has since gone viral on the Internet, triggering an outpouring of condemnation on social media websites.

In the video, riot police can be seen beating a man in his 50s before he was dragged into an armoured vehicle in front of the presidential palace. "The horrible and degrading images showing the central security officers and police beating and dragging a naked man near the presidential palace should lead to the interior minister's immediate resignation," said Khaled Dawoud, spokesman for the main opposition National Salvation Front (NSF).

 
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