Egypt: Protesters raid on Cairo state security HQ

Monday, March 7, 2011
By Paul Martin
Egyptian protesters have stormed the headquarters of the secret police in Cairo, demanding that the organisation be dismantled.
It followed rumours that officials were destroying documents that could be used in court to prove human rights abuses.
On Friday, some 200 protesters stormed the agency’s offices in Alexandria after police fired on protesters.
The abolition of the force has been a demand of protesters who ousted Hosni Mubarak as president in February.

Egypt’s State Security Investigations – which is reported to have some 100,000 employees and a large network of informants – is widely accused of human rights abuses, including torture of detainees.

‘Shredded’ papers

In Cairo, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the national headquarters of the state security forces in Sixth of October city, on the edge of the capital.

One of the protesters told the BBC they had been allowed into the building by guards and had discovered piles of shredded documents, but nobody inside.

The army has secured the building.

The internal security services were the feared enforcers of Hosni Mubarak’s three decades in power, says the BBC’s Alastair Leithead in Cairo.

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