Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

Egypt Rights Council Asks Govt to Halt Violence

Egypt's National Council for Human Rights expressed concern on Thursday over the use of force in dealing with the demands of protesters, asking the government to use diplomatic conduct instead.

In a statement, the council called for bringing to justice those responsible for the victims of last year's revolution and finding alternatives other than the use of force that resembles that of Mubarak's rule.

The statement urged all parties to exercise self-restraint, maintain peacefulness in their demonstrations and immediately terminate all forms of violence as not to hurt the interests of the area's residents.

The council's complaint office had delegated a fact-finding committee to Mohamed Mahmoud Street to observe the violent confrontations between police forces and demonstrators.

Demonstrations that started out on Monday to commemorate the anniversary of last November's Mohamed Mahmoud events turned into violent clashes with police forces and protesters exchanging attacks.

The scuffles caused the death of a teenager and the injury of many who were transferred to local hospitals.

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