Egyptians storm state security agency

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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 yesterday 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 after an 18-day 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.

The ruling military council's bind was evident on Friday and yesterday when thousands of protesters - some said they were victims of abuse by security agents - marched on several state security buildings in Alexandria, Cairo and other cities.

"We are inside, hundreds of us," said Mohammed Abdel-Fattah, one of the protesters who barged into the Nasr City compound yesterday.

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Activists posted photos on social networking sites of some the purported finds from inside the buildings. They showed underground prison cells, burned documents and shelves of files on Islamists.

Egypt's State Security Services, given a free hand under Mubarak to suppress dissent, remains active despite Mubarak's fall, many protest leaders said.

- AP

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