Egypt's interior minister denies attacking peaceful protesters

# 19 February 2013 18:31 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim denied Tuesday allegations that police used violence against anti-government protesters over the past few days, APA reports.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Ibrahim reiterated " policemen did not and would never prevent any peaceful marches nor would they intercept demonstrators who express their opinion peacefully."

"The policemen dealt with the riots near Etahadiya and al-Qubba presidential palaces in Cairo with utmost self-restraint," Ibrahim said.

He noted that policemen came under gunshots and Molotov cocktails from protesters, while the security forces responded only by firing water canons and tear gas bombs to disperse them.

Ibrahim, who was appointed during the last cabinet reshuffle, stressed that his ministry stands at the same distance from all political forces.

He called on all political powers to put the police aside from their political disputes, so that the police could focus on their basic mission of maintain security and stability in the Egyptian streets.

Asked about the spread of carjacking phenomenon in post- upheaval Egypt, Ibrahim said that the police arrested the four carjackers who seized the vehicle of the Central Bank Governor Hesham Ramez and killed a policeman during the robbery.

Over the past two weeks, intermittent clashes erupted between security forces and anti-government protesters across Egypt, leaving at least two killed and about 200 injured.

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