You are here:  Home  >  Politics  >  Egypt  >  Current Article

Morsi to CSF: You are the watchful eyes protecting the nation

  /   No Comments   /   468 Views

The president delivered a speech at the Central Security Forces command centre in Darassa before performing Friday prayers with conscripts and police leaders

Screengrab of President Morsi's speech to CSF on 15 March 2013

Screengrab of President Morsi’s speech to CSF on 15 March 2013

President Mohamed Morsi warned Central Security Forces (CSF) officers and conscripts of rumours spread by foreign enemies and designed to cause disunity.

Morsi, who delivered speech on Friday at the CSF command centre in Darassa, thanked the police and the military for their role in securing the country.

“The military and the police are two wings of security protecting the nation domestically and on its borders. The first crossing was in 1973 and the police also played a part. The second was the 25 January revolution,” Morsi told a crowd of hundreds.

The president expressed to the audience, most of them being conscripts, his appreciation for what they do and reminded them that 25 January is both the anniversary of the revolution and National Police Day in Egypt.

“You all know that the nation is going through a difficult period, but God willing through the cooperation of the police and the military we will get through this,” said Morsi.

He warned the conscripts of rumours designed to sow discord between the presidency and the police, vowing to “protect you from rumours just as you protect the nation”.

Morsi ended with a prayer, asking God to aid the police in their responsibilities to protect the country and guide it through the difficult the current crisis.

The president then performed Friday prayers with the conscripts as well as Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim and several high-ranking police officials.

Morsi’s visit to the CSF comes after nationwide police strikes and demonstrations against their use to achieve political ends.

Conscripts were complaining that the government is using them in the face of opposition protesters as well as not supplying them with sufficient weapons to protect themselves.

Several policemen closed down police stations in protest, and even demanded the removal of the interior minister.

About the author

Ahmed Aboulenein

News Reporter

Ahmed Aboul Enein is an Egyptian journalist who hates writing about himself in the third person. Follow him on Twitter @aaboulenein

You might also like...

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures the four-finger salute used by supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, a symbol known as "Rabaa", which means four in Arabic, remembering those killed in the crackdown on the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp in Cairo in early 2013, as he delivers a speech in Trabzon on November 23, 2013. Turkey declared Egypt's ambassador "persona non grata" and downgraded diplomatic relations to the level of charge d'affaires on November 23, in a tit-for-tat move after Cairo expelled its envoy, the foreign ministry said in a statement. Erdogan said his government would never respect military-installed rulers, in remarks made after Egypt's expulsion of Ankara's ambassador.   

Synchronisation with Erdogan’s visit to Saudi is coincidence: Al-Sisi

Read More →