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Minister of Interior orders two remaining downtown walls removed

Walls to be replaced with checkpoints


Daily News Egypt, Daily News, DNE, Ministry of Interior, Mohamed Ibrahim, Downtown, Tahrir Square. (Photo by Ali Omar)
Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim reportedly ordered the last two remaining massive cement walls downtown to be removed.
(Photo by Ali Omar)

Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim reportedly ordered the last two remaining massive cement walls downtown to be removed.

A Ministry of Interior spokesman confirmed this claim, but added that the ministry has not yet issued the final order to remove the walls. The spokesman also confirmed that the order came from Minster of Interior Ibrahim.

One of the walls is currently blocking traffic on Qasr Al-Eini from Tahrir Square near the Shura Council building, while the other blocks Falaki and Mohamed Mahmoud Street. The walls, set up to block protesters from marching to important government offices, have put stress on already unpredictable and congested traffic downtown.

The security source said that the walls would be replaced by security checkpoints, which would allow traffic to flow through Qasr Al-Eini, a main downtown thoroughfare, into Tahrir Square.

The walls were originally constructed in November 2011 during the first months of the 25 January Revolution, when most of downtown was a battleground between protesters and security forces.

The walls succeeded in severely restricting access to important government institutions such as the Ministry of Interior and the cabinet, but caused headaches to citizens who worked or lived in the area, which also is home to a number of banks and other institutions.

Protesters were quick to paint the walls with faces of the dead and imprisoned, adding messages or drawings to the massive cement blocks.

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