CAIRO: Hundreds of police corporals, the lowest rank in the Egyptian police, announced general strike on Wednesday demanding the dismissal of the security director of the airport, who detained corporal Abdel Hameed Darwish, reported Youm7.
Darwish was been arrested Tuesday, following a scuffle with a higher-ranking police officer, and Youm7 reported that insults were exchanged. When Darwish’s colleagues tried to defend him, other officers shot tear gas to disperse them.
The spokesperson of General Club for Police Authority and Workers at the Ministry of Interior told Masrway Tuesday that the strike demanded an investigation into the incident.
Darwish told Youm7 on Wednesday that Nozha prosecution is to release him from the prosecution headquarter and he will return to the Cairo Airport.
Several police stations in different governorates announced conducting strike in solidarity with the General club including Asyut, Red Sea and many others governorates.
In Minya, policemen closed side streets leading to Minya police station anticipating calls to strike in solidarity.
The head of the coalition of policemen in Behiera Sabry Suliman told Youm7 Wednesday that all the police institutes at Behiera security directorate were closed in solidarity with the general club.
More than 1000 policemen gathered at Cairo Airport hall on Wednesday, demanding their requests be met, the head of the General Coalition for policemen Ahmed Mostafa told al-Masryoun newspaper Wednesday.
Additionally reporting by Ahmed Mareey, Fathya al-Deeb, Basma Mahmoud, Gamal Abu al-Fadl and Nasser Gouda