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Egyptian prime minister fires officers accused of killing protesters

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: The move is meant to mollify demonstrators
  • NEW: Official Essam Sharaf says compensation will be given to the families of those killed
  • The interim government has been under pressure to quicken the pace of reform

(CNN) -- Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf ordered the termination Saturday of all officers accused of killing protesters.

The move is meant to mollify demonstrators, angered at the slow pace of change since President Hosni Mubarak resigned on February 11 after protests. In recent days, anti-government protests have raged, sometimes devolving into clashes.

On Friday, tens of thousands of Egyptians converged in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, the center of the revolution that toppled Mubarak. On July 2, armed men attacked protesters at the square.

A group called the January 25 Coalition has issued a range of demands, calling for the removal of Cairo's head of security and an investigation into the violence at the rallies.

The group, named for the day anti-government protests began this year, also called for the release of those detained after the demonstrations.

The military-led government that took over when Mubarak resigned has been prosecuting several former officials accused of ordering security forces to fire on protesters.

A police officer accused of killing 20 protesters during a January 28 demonstration has been sentenced to death.

Mubarak is scheduled to face the Cairo Criminal Court on August 3 on charges of corruption and deaths of protesters, officials have said.

On Saturday, Sharaf said that compensation will be given to the families of those killed and wounded during the protests.

Speaking on state TV, he also vowed to work with the youth of the county and to pursue cases of corruption aggressively.

Egypt's military rulers have set parliamentary elections for September.

 
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