Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mubarak paid thugs to buy support

A photo showing clashes between plainclothes police and anti-government protesters near Liberation Square on February 3, 2011.
Reports have suggested that the Hosni Mubarak regime's operatives paid thousands of Egyptian pounds to thugs to buy their loyalty and have them attack protesters.

A video posted on Press TV's UReport section, shows one Egyptian recounting how the interior ministry paid thousands of Egyptian pounds to several prisoners and thugs in return for their pledge of allegiance.

Several citizens from Cairo and other major cities have contacted regional media outlets to tell their personal stories.

A young man from a village in Alexandria says he was among a group of more than 30, who each received EGP 5,000.

He said that the group was assigned to chant pro-Mubarak slogans and attack anti-regime protesters.

The interior ministry had deployed hundreds of thugs and plainclothes police in central Cairo and other cities to contain the protests.

Clashes and pitched battles between plainclothes police and anti-government protesters scores of people dead in and around Cairo's Liberation Square.

Several people were also killed in Suez, Alexandria, Mansoura and other cities.

The UN says at least 300 people have been killed and thousands more have been wounded in Egypt in the nearly two weeks of protest against the government.

Meanwhile, thousands of Egyptians have gathered in Cairo's Liberation Square to honor the martyrs of the 13 days of anti-government protests.

Despite talks between the opposition and the government, Egyptians continue to demand Mubarak's regime steps down. 

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