It wasn't long after the dismissal of former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Safik that some Egyptians attacked the headquarters of the infamous State Security (Amn El-Dawla in Arabic) in several cities like Alexandria, Ismailia and others on March 4. Soon, protesters moved on to the apparatus' main headquarters in Nasr City in Cairo on March 5. It was noticed that many State Security officers were burning and destroying a lot of documents and files to remove any traces of Human Rights abuses they conducted in Egypt over the past few decades.
Cairo residents organized an event on Facebook between 4 – 5 March to siege every State Security HQ in Cairo by themselves after their demands on the High Military Council to dissolve the apparatus fell on deaf ears.
Lilian Wagdy mentions that:
Mosa'ab ElShamy talks about:
While Amr Magdy reports:
At the same time the blogger The barefooted Countess posts a list of all the addressed of State Security headquarters across the country:
تحرك أكثر تنسيقا لمحاصرة مباني امن الدولة ومنع اتلاف المستندات فيها.For more coordinate to siege all State Security HQs and preventing them from damaging all the documents in them.
This is a video where a State Security Colonel is detained by the people in Ismailia:
And this next video shows how are State Security throwing Molotov cocktails at the protesters and the Egyptian army.
Some activists decided to do something similar to Wikileaks and published the State Security documents on the Internet like the ones found in the Damanhour HQ, which is located in ElBeheira governorate.
Hossam ElHamalawy, the Egyptian leading activist and photographer, documented the storming the main HQ in Nasr City in his flickr set here, while the blog Kashfun (meaning Uncovering) documented it in video.
Finally blogger Tarek Amr wrote his reflections on what was happening:
أما الذي لم يكن يمكنني حتى الحلم به أبد، هو أن أرى أحدهم على تويتر يقول أنه في طريقه إلى أمن الدولة، ثم يتمادى في سريالية الموقف بأن يتبعها بإبتسامة. و كانت مداهمة المتظاهرين في الأسكندرية لمبنى أمن الدولة هناك قرابة الفجر و تفتيشة و ربما إعتقال من بداخله، و كانها صورة معكوسة في المرآة لما كان يتم قبل الثورة، هي بمثابة البداية لتلك الأحداث السريالية الجميلة.What I never thought of even dreaming about, is witnessing somebody on Twitter is on their way to State Security, not only that, but with a smile too! Storming the Alexandria State Security HQ at dawn, searching it and even detaining the officers was like the exact opposite to what was happening before the revolution. And this, is considered a beginning to a surrealistic beginning to what will be happening next.