05 Mar '11, 9pm

Egyptians storm state security buildings

Egyptians storm state security buildings

CAIRO : Egyptian protesters stormed several state security buildings Saturday, witnesses said, trying to retrieve files kept on the population by the powerful regime apparatus long accused of rights abuses. The incidents came as former interior minister Habib al-Adly, who controlled the hated security police, went on trial in Cairo on corruption charges, the first involving a member of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's government. Around 2,500 protesters stormed the state security building in Cairo's Nasr City "grabbing official documents before officials burn or shred them," a security official told AFP. Hundreds more tried to barge their way into another state security building in the Cairo suburb of Sheikh Zayed, where guards inside fired into the air to try to disperse the crowd. "We could see police inside the building burning the papers," said one witness. "The window...

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