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Egyptian vendor killed over a cup of tea

An Egyptian policeman killed a vendor over the cost of a cup of tea and wounded two others

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Dozens of bystanders protested after an Egyptian policeman killed a vendor over the cost of a cup of tea and wounding two passers-by.

“During a police patrol a dispute broke out between the officer and the seller over the price,” the ministry said in a statement.

The officer involved in the shooting was arrested, a security official said.

A video footage surfaced showed angry protesters overturning a police vehicle while chanting “the police are thugs”.

Egypt’s police have been on the defensive after rights groups denounced alleged torture and deaths in detention, as well as arbitrary arrests and the disappearances of government opponents.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah sl-Sisi asked the parliament to amend the law to toughen sanctions for police abuses after Mohamed Ali Sayed Ismail, a taxi driver, was killed over a fare dispute in Cairo in February.


(With AFP)