Posts Tagged: 1986

The Central Security Forces

This (Arabic) study is one of the most accurate and detailed reports, I’ve come across, on the evolution of the Egyptian Interior Ministry’s Central Security Forces: UPDATE: I was honored to speak with the author of the study, in a Zoom meeting.

Read on »

On the 1986 CSF Intifada

I met yesterday retired Police Brigadier-General Mahmoud Qutri, for coffee and chat. Qutri is probably the most vocal among the very few retired senior security officials who are more than happy to expose the corruption inside the Interior Ministry and the systematic torture of citizens in custody. One of the things I asked Qutri about

Read on »

1986 CSF Conscripts Intifada

I got hold of some rare photos of the famous February 1986 Interior Ministry’s Central Security Forces conscripts mutiny. Mubarak had to call in the army to smash the uprising. It was the third time in modern Egyptian history that army tanks swarmed through the capital, after the 1952 coup and the 1977 Bread Intifada.

Read on »

CSF conscripts on strike in Mahalla

Around 2000 Central Security Forces conscripts are on strike in Mahalla, protesting maltreatment on the hands of their officers. Yes, Mubarak’s tools of oppression are on strike, according to news trickling from the Nile Delta town. The conscripts, say today’s Al-Midan and Mooga website, started a hunger strike yesterday (or the day before–I haven’t confirmed

Read on »