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Egypt govt to give police $35m bonus for sit-in dispersal

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Egypt’s Interior Ministry will give police officers bonuses totaling 245m EGP ($35) for dispersing protest sit-ins in Rabaa al-Adawiyah and Nahda Square on Aug. 14, reported Al-Masry al-Youm.

The newspaper reported that 30m EGP ($4.3m) would be distributed among the Cairo and Giza security directorates, the public security sector, the National Security Agency and the Central Security Forces.

The remainder will be given to policemen within the ministry nationwide.

Hundreds of people were killed in the dispersal of sit-ins in support of ousted President Mohammad Mursi.

The interior minister said thousands of arms were seized from the sit-ins, adding that protest camps would no longer be allowed, and that security forces would deal firmly with demonstrators who were acting “irresponsibly.”