Egyptian police stifle resistance, journalists in Cairo’s slums

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Saturday, February 5, 2011 12:40 EDT
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CAIRO – While Egyptian police officers and men in plain clothes holding knives and sticks surrounded and searched our car, a 12-year-old boy with dirty hair and ragged clothes opened his switchblade, smiled and pointed it at me.

“I love you,” he said, waving the knife. “We’re here to take care of you.”

Given how many foreign journalists said they had been beaten and detained in Egypt over the last two days, I was skeptical.

Pro-democracy protesters have held their ground in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square for the last week. But in the city’s sprawling slums, away from the international media’s gaze, Egypt’s massive police apparatus is still firmly in control.

Police stopped my colleague, our driver and me on Friday as we passed through Rod el-Farag, a poor neighborhood near the Nile Tower, a modern building home to bank branches, a mall and the offices of several private companies.

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  • Anonymous

    And the difference between Cairo Police and the Police in the big American cities is?”

  • Robert Shaftoe

    It’s interesting the path the police in Egypt are taking. They have to realize that their game will be up sooner or later. I wonder if they think they can turn this into some sort of class struggle by rallying people in the slums. Admittedly, those poor folks are more subject to being bribed or coerced into atrocities than many of their more ‘fortunate’ brethren.

    The amazing thing in this so far has been the military staying out of it (even to a fault at times).