2 February 2013

Egypt: Presidency Renews Respect for Right to Expression of Opinion

The Egyptian presidency renewed its commitment to protecting the right of Egyptians to free expression of opinion and the freedom of assembly.

The violent incidents that occurred at Tahrir Square, Ittihadiya presidential palace and some areas in Ismailia and Fayoum on Friday 01/02/2013 that saw the use of Molotov cocktails and firearms are not an expression of political stances but criminal acts, said Presidential Assistant for Foreign Relations Essam el-Hadad.

The police have been handling the situation with self-restraint, Hadad said, adding that the Interior Ministry is probing an incident where a citizen was stripped and beaten up by police officers last night.

Egypt will continue its march of democracy with conducting the parliamentary elections planned after two months, Hadad said.

The presidency urges all sides to condemn violence and take action to curtail crime and chaos, Hadad said.

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