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Egypt's interior minister frustrated over unsuccessful crackdown on demonstrations

February 5, 2014 at 2:11 am

The Secrets of Arabia web site has learned that Egypt’s interim Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim expressed severe frustration during the last cabinet meeting in Cairo, admitting that all security measures, arrests and acts of repression have failed to prevent or even to hinder anti-coup demonstrations.

A source familiar with the meeting reported that Ibrahim told the Cabinet that even though the security forces have arrested the sons of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and members of the organization’s first, second and even third tiers, the demonstrations have not only continued, but also become more pervasive. Ibrahim expressed his extreme frustration over the ongoing demonstrations and the security services’ failure to deal with them, despite all the harsh measures that have thus far been taken.

Ever since Egypt’s security forces and army conducted an operation to disperse anti-coup sit-ins at the Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Nahda Squares, the protestors’ strategy has changed, with hundreds of demonstrations now taking place on daily basis but distributed among the various cities and villages, at universities and in the streets, becoming so widespread that security forces and the army have not been able to stop them.