Enforcing the law

What chance does the new minister of interior have in building public confidence in the way Egypt is policed? – Published on Al-Ahram weekly, by Reem Leila, 15 – 21 December 2011.

Newly appointed Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim Youssef has received strict instructions from Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri — they have met three times since Youssef was sworn in last week — to ensure security returns quickly to the streets. Youssef has pledged to rebuild confidence between the public and the police, ensure public safety and impose law and order in the streets.  

Since Youssef’s appointment police officers have scored a number of successes, arresting gang members in Alexandria, Daqahliya and Qalioubiya, many of whom are accused of stealing cars. Eight men were arrested in Alexandria and accused of extortion, five in Qalioubiya accused of stealing 1,600 metres of telephone cables. Gangs members in Beni Sweif, thought to be behind a spate of armed robberies, have been detained, and in Cairo 17 raids have led to the recapture of 370 escaped prisoners, the detention of 11 men carrying unlicensed arms and 45 suspected drug dealers.

Since January 15,000 cars have been reported stolen. Even more worrying is the increase in reported kidnappings which have reached 160 cases a month.

The police have removed more than 380 unlicensed kiosks and closed many random cafés set up on bridges and major highways. A total of 255 peddlers and 35 salesmen working without health licences have been detained … (full text).

(My comment: … my god … removed unlicensed kiosks and closed random cafés set up on bridges and major highways …
hey Mr. Minister, is the economic health of Egypt as good that your priority is taking away people’s random income? … do you want give Islamists the possibility to re-open this shops? Already forgotten that politics is half made by what is in the stomach
)?

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