CAIRO – Egypt's president has commended the country's police force in the face of public criticism over its violent response to demonstrations.
Mohammed Morsi told riot police their courage and sacrifice are needed. He warned them against breaking ranks.
Part of the force is on strike to protest what some officers see as an attempt by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood to control them. The Brotherhood denies that.
Speaking at a riot police camp on Friday, Morsi told members of the black-clad force to be aware of Egypt's enemies abroad who want to see the country divided.
Egypt's riot police have been engaged in violent confrontations with protesters. A government report obtained this week by The Associated Press concludes that police were behind nearly all the killings of protesters during the country's 2011 uprising.