Video of police abuse stokes anger in Egypt

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Associated Press

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 2 at 2:03 PM

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Interior Ministry has offered a rare expression of regret after riot police were caught on camera yesterday beating a protester who had been stripped of his clothes.

The video shows police then dragging the naked man along the muddy pavement before bundling him into a police van.

The incident took place only blocks from the presidential palace where protests raged in the streets Friday. The video has further inflamed popular anger with security forces and several thousand anti-government demonstrators marched on the palace again today.

In its statement, the Interior Ministry promised an investigation of the incident. But it also distanced itself from the abuse, saying it "was carried out by individuals that do not represent in any way the doctrine of all policemen."

Later, Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim put the blame elsewhere entirely, saying "rioters" had undressed the man during skirmishes with police.

President Mohammed Morsi's office called the beating "shocking", but stressed that violence and vandalism of government property is unacceptable.

The uprising that toppled longtime leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011 was fueled in part by anger over police brutality.

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APPHOTO KH122: Egyptian riot police beat a man, after stripping him during clashes next to the presidential palace, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Cairo. Protesters denouncing Egypt's Islamist president hurled stones and firebombs through the gates of his palace gates on Friday, clashing with security forces who fired tear gas and water cannons, as more than a week of political violence came to Mohammed Morsi's symbolic doorstep for the first time. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) (1 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO KH124: Egyptian riot police beat a man, after stripping him, and before dragging him into a police van, during clashes next to the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Protesters denouncing Egypt's Islamist president hurled stones and firebombs through the gates of his palace gates on Friday, clashing with security forces who fired tear gas and water cannons, as more than a week of political violence came to Mohammed Morsi's symbolic doorstep for the first time. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) (1 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO AMR116: Hundreds of Egyptians shout slogans as they face-off with riot police during anti-President Mohammed Morsi protest in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Some thousands of Egyptians marched across the country, chanting against the rule of the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, in a fresh wave of protests Friday, even as cracks appeared in the ranks of the opposition after its political leaders met for the first time with the rival Muslim Brotherhood. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) (1 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO AMR118: Egyptian protesters shout anti-Mohammed Morsi slogans before clashes in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Thousands of Egyptians marched across the country, chanting against the rule of the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, in a fresh wave of protests Friday, even as cracks appeared in the ranks of the opposition after its political leaders met for the first time with the rival Muslim Brotherhood. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) (1 Feb 2013)

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