Egypt's Interim President Adly Mansour makes statements with Greece's President Karolos Papoulias after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Athens on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, Pool)
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Egypt's military-backed interim president said Thursday that the country's uprisings have put an end to the police state and to abuses, part of a campaign to rebrand the security forces amid a heavy handed crackdown on Islamists and other critics of the government.Adly Mansour's comments marking Police Day celebrations came despite continued reports of rampant abuses by security forces before and after the military's July 3 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Thousands of supporters of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood have been jailed, along with a number of journalists and many of the top secular activists who led the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.Security agencies have re-emerged to prominence after Morsi's ouster, which came after massive rallies demanding he step down for abusing power.Egypt has seen a string of attacks by Islamic militants, including suicide bombings, since Morsi's ouster, largely targeting police and the military, but also claiming civilian victims. Authorities have justified the broad sweep of arrests against the Brotherhood as part of the fight against terrorism.
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