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Thousands of Egyptian Doctors Protest As Syndicate Holds Emergency Meeting Over Police Abuse

February 12, 2016

As many as 10,000 doctors attended an emergency meeting in Cairo by Egypt’s Doctors’ Syndicate to protest against police abuse. The doctors, who carried signs condemning police violence and expressed solidarity with abused and jailed doctors, called for policemen responsible for assaulting two physicians, eight nurses and one security administrator at a hospital in Matariya to be held accountable. According to state-owned Al-Ahram, minor chaos broke out as a result of the huge and unexpected turnout. In statements, the Doctors’ Syndicate Chairman Hussein Khairy called the turnout “historic” and “unprecedented”. لحظة دخول #نقيب_الأطباء لبداية الجمعية العمومية .. والأطباء يهتفون – خيري خيري pic.twitter.com/kheqs4cpSr — اليوم السابع (@youm7) February 12, 2016 On social media, scenes of thousands of doctors attending the emergency meeting led to the hashtag #Support_The_Doctors_Syndicate (#ادعم_نقابه_الاطباء) to become the number one trending hashtag. Why not restart a revolution with this? :D#ادعم_نقابه_الاطباء — Hiba (@HibaSalama) February 12, 2016 The brave doctors of #Egypt are fighting for dignity and standing against abuse. #Respectpic.twitter.com/Wg29cB1hYB — Nervana Mahmoud (@Nervana_1) February 12, 2016 Following the demonstrations, the Doctors’ Syndicate announced its rejection of the privatization of healthcare, in addition to new procedures that will see any hospital shut down immediately…

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