Brotherhood tells police to confront "thugs" as protests continue in Egypt
Egyptian protesters carry their gravely injured comrade during clashes with riot police near Tahrir Square in Cairo on March 9, 2013. Two protesters were killed in the clashes in Cairo --one from bird shot and one from suffocation. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMOUD KHALED)
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The Muslim Brotherhood told police officers on Sunday to confront criminals and combat violence in accordance with law and human rights.
The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) issued a statement on its Twitter account on Sunday, where Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Ahmed Aref described the current security situation as a “historic chance” for the police body to wipe clean its past history if it confronted Egypt’s “thugs”, according to Aref. He claimed that those he described as “thugs” always worked in favour of Mubarak’s regime, adding that they are still following the same route.
“Policemen, remember that being heroes has a price, and everyone is with you in regaining your legitimate rights of combating violence, but in accordance with law and respect to human rights,” he said.
Aref called on opposition groups to step back and rationalise their use of right to peaceful protests, to allow police forces to carry out its functions.
Mourad Ali, media advisor of FJP, also addressed police forces. He claimed that the absence of security is not resulting from the strike currently held by several police officers; rather, Ali claimed, security has been absent for the past two years and was not restored until the present time. “Two years of lawlessness and chaos, two years of inaction and neglect, two years where blood was shed and money was stolen.”
Ali said it is now time to cleanse the police apparatus, adding that whoever wants to receive a salary from the people’s money while he does not guard them has no place within security forces. “Either they work efficiently or they will be sacked,” said Ali.