CAIRO: The U.S. and U.K. condemned Monday the Egypt violence between protesters and security forces, where 23 people were killed and more than 90 injured during the fourth anniversary of the Jan. 25 Revolution.
“We strongly condemn the violence that took place over the weekend in Egypt, whether against peaceful protestors or security forces,” U.S. Department of State spokesperson Jen Paski said Monday.
“We urge the Egyptian security forces to show restraint and to provide a safe environment in which Egyptians can peacefully express their views. We urge all Egyptians to exercise calm and restraint, and to unequivocally condemn all acts of violence,” Psaki added.
For his part, U.K Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood also deplored the deaths in Egypt.
“The UK condemns the acts of terrorism and stands by Egypt in the fight against terrorism. We are also deeply concerned by the use of deadly force by the police against demonstrators. Egypt’s long-term stability and success requires protection of the rights that underpin peaceful politics, including accountability of the security forces and revision of the demonstrations law,” Ellwood said in a statement.
On Sunday, the European Union (EU) called on all parties in Egypt 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.
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 marching to Tahrir Square Saturday.