Amnesty International has accused Egypt's rulers of brutality sometimes exceeding that of former president Hosni Mubarak, saying the hopes of protesters had been "crushed". The human rights group said Egypt's Supreme Council of Armed Forces (Scaf) which assumed control after an 18-day uprising toppled Mubarak in February had made only empty promises to improve human rights. Recent crackdowns on dissent, including demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square over the past few days, had led to many deaths and injuries, it added. In a report published on Tuesday, Amnesty said military courts had tried thousands of civilians and emergency law had been extended. Torture had continued in army custody, and there were consistent reports of security forces employing armed "thugs" to attack protesters, it said.