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Clinton shows where US stands on Egypt
For almost all observers, activists and on-the-ground demonstrators on Egypt’s streets on Tuesday, American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comments showed where Washington stands. With the government, not those demanding an end to decades of oppression and justice.
She said in a statement issued by the State Department early Tuesday afternoon Washington time – as police in Egypt were beginning a final push of tear bombs, water cannons and rubber bullets to disperse thousands of protesters – that “our assessment is that the Egyptian Government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people.”
She began the statement by saying, “with respect to Egypt, which, as your question implied, like many countries in the region, has been experiencing demonstrations. We know that they’ve occurred not only in Cairo but around the country, and we’re monitoring that very closely. We support the fundamental right of expression and assembly for all people, and we urge that all parties exercise restraint and refrain from violence.”