CAIRO: The European Union (EU) called Sunday on all parties in Egypt to show restraint during protests that took place on the fourth anniversary of the January 25 Revolution.
“I call on all parties to show restraint. Freedom of peaceful demonstration must be safeguarded and dialogue is the only way forward,” said High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini in a statement.
She offered her condolences to the families of those who were killed during the clashes that erupted between protesters and security forces.
During Sunday’s clashes, 18 people were killed nationwide and 82 were injured, according to the Ministry of Health spokesperson Hussam Abdel Ghafar.
The anniversary of the revolution coincides with a national 7-day mourning period observed for late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz; the interior ministry announced that official celebrations were cancelled, and that no demonstrations would be permitted in Tahrir Square.
This year’s anniversary was preceded by the death of Shaimaa al-Sabbaugh, who was killed by birdshot as security forces dispersed a peaceful demonstration in downtown Cairo Saturday marching to Tahrir.