Egyptian protesters storm security HQ
Posted on: 02:31 PM IST Mar 05, 2011
Cairo: Thousands of protesters stormed the headquarters of internal security service in Egypt's second largest city of Alexandria on Friday in an outburst of anger at the agency charged with large scale human rights violation during toppled President Hosni Mubarak's regime.
Protesters marched into the building late on Friday attacking the police personnel inside with petrol bombs, the hated secret servicemen opened fire on the attacking mob injuring six, Al-Jazeera reported.
The secret security servicemen opened fire despite being ordered not to use firearms by the army personnel guarding some of the key floors of the building.
Al-Jazeera said the mob, stormed the building after they noticed the internal security service men setting fire to documents inside. A smaller mob also marched to the internal security headquarters in the capital Cairo demanding purge of all key Mubarak protegees.
Egypt's internal security service and police forces, which wielded enormous power under emergency declared by Mubarak to suppress dissent, are some of the most powerful symbols of his regime.
Though the protesters have cleared their sit-in at Cairo's now famous Tahrir Square, tensions remain high in the country with people insisting that the powerful ministers, police chiefs and former bureaucrats be tried for committing excesses against the people.
One of the main demands of the protesters has been the disbanding of the much hated internal security service.
The country's new Prime Minister Essam Sharaf who after taking over visited the Tahrir Square on Friday promised the people that he would do his utmost to undo the excesses of the past regime.
"I draw the will and inspiration from this famous Square", Sharaf told the people. The new Prime Minister has endeared himself to the protesters when he joined them during their siege against Mubarak.
The protesters are also demanding disbanding of Mubarak's National Democratic Party (NDP), the organisation which has ruled Egypt for more than thirty years.