Egypt PM orders sacking of police officers accused of killing protesters
Cairo, July 10: As part of efforts aimed at appeasing people protesting against the slow pace of change, Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has ordered sacking of all police officers accused of killing demonstrators during the mass uprising that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
In a televised speech, Sharaf announced a number of decisions "in response to the people's desires".
He said he had given instructions to the Ministry of the Interior to dismiss all police officers accused of involvement in the killing of protesters during the 18-day uprising that began on January 25 and toppled the regime of Mubarak.
His remarks yesterday came as thousands of protesters maintained their stronghold in Tahrir Square, the focal point of the revolution, to continue their "second wave of the revolution" demanding political change, a day after massive nationwide rallies jolted the country.
Sharaf said he had given another set of instructions to authorities to restore security as soon as possible.
He also mentioned that coordination was underway with the chief judge of the Cairo Court of Appeal to ensure speedy completion of cases of killing of demonstrators by the most credible members of the prosecution, regardless of the judiciary holiday during the month of August.
The last set of instructions the Prime Minister mentioned in his speech related to social demands of protesters, including minimum wages, prices and other services provided by the state.
As the Prime Minister finished his speech during which he also spoke of holding dialogue with political powers and youth behind the revolution, massive protests and chants were witnessed against him at the Tahrir Square.
Some of the protesters raised a yellow card as a warning to Sharaf who, they said, was appointed by the virtue of their support at the Square and would be impeached by the same people.
A sit-in has resumed in Cairo's Tahrir Square along with main squares in other cities, demanding speedy trials of officers accused of shooting protesters.
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