Egyptians turn anger toward state security
CAIRO — Three weeks after President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, Egyptians are turning their anger toward his internal security apparatus, storming the agency’s main headquarters and other offices Saturday and seizing documents to keep them from being destroyed to hide evidence of human rights abuses.
What to do with Egypt’s tainted security agencies remains one of the most contentious issues facing the military rulers who took charge after Mubarak was forced to step down on Feb. 11 after an 18-day popular uprising.
The 500,000-strong internal security services are accused of some of the worst human rights abuses in the suppression of dissent against Mubarak’s nearly 30-year rule. The protesters are demanding the agency be dismantled and its leaders face a reckoning.
China says it will tackle inflation
BEIJING — China’s government called Saturday for higher social spending, controls on inflation and measures to urgently close a divisive rich-poor gap, betting that rising living standards, better services and heavy policing will dampen growing public expectations for change.
In a speech that is China’s equivalent of a state-of-the-nation address, Premier Wen Jiabao said the government will boost spending 12.5 percent this year, with bigger outlays for education, job creation, low-income housing, health care and pensions and other social insurance. Spending on police, courts, prosecutors and other domestic security is projected to exceed the usually favored military budget for the first time in years, climbing 13.8 percent to $95 billion.
Tunisia arrests about 2,300 since Feb. 1
TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia’s Interior Ministry said that more than 2,300 escaped inmates, thieves and other troublemakers have been rounded up by security forces since Feb. 1.
More than 9,000 prisoners have fled prisons in the unrest that followed the end of the regime of autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled the country Jan. 14.
A ministry statement Saturday, carried by the TAP news agency, didn’t say how many of the 2,342 people arrested were escaped inmates.