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Now 25 January will no longer be remembered solely as the day in 1952 when police heroes in Ismailia fought against the British occupation, refusing British demands to evacuate the Suez Canal Zone. Fifty-nine years later what was once Police Day will now also be engraved in the memory of the nation as the Day of Anger, when thousands of Egyptians took to the streets demanding political and economic rights, and thousands of policemen were dispatched by the regime to disperse protesters and keep the situation under control.

Whereas in 1952 41 policemen died, on Tuesday three protesters in Suez and one policeman in Cairo were killed as a result of clashes between riot police and demonstrators. At least 500 were arrested and about 300 injured.

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2011/1033/fr1.htm

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