Egyptian riot police prepare to fire teargas at protesters during clashes along Simon Bolivar Square, which leads to Tahrir Square, in Cairo. A man who was beaten and dragged naked across the ground during a demonstration on Friday claims that riot police were responsible for the incident.

Cairo - Egypt's Culture Minister Mohammed Saber Arab resigned on Monday after police were filmed beating and dragging a naked man during clashes outside the president's palace, official media reported.

The state's Al-Ahram newspaper reported on its website that he stepped down in protest at the police abuse while official MENA news agency quoted a government spokesman announcing the resignation but without elaborating. - Sapa-AFP