Frederick Douglass

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them..." Frederick Douglass

Sunday, June 19, 2011

In Egypt, Police are the Revolution's Greatest Obstacle

One of the major demands of the revolution was to dismantle the State Security Investigations agency. The transitional government complied and decided to dissolve the country’s State Security, notorious for their torture methods and other human rights abuses.

However, human rights organizations believe that police brutality is still hindering Egypt’s transition to democracy. In less than 3 weeks, four people allegedly died at the hands of the police.

One of those victims was Ramzy Salah el-Din, who was transferred to a hospital following questioning in a police station. He died of internal bleeding in what some media sources called the first post-revolt incident of police torture. His crime? Failing to pay a debt.