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US urges Egypt to respect right to peaceful assembly

Following a statement by Egypt's Cabinet warning against pro-Morsi rallies, the US urges Egyptian government to respect right of peaceful assembly

Reuters, Wednesday 31 Jul 2013
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The U.S. State Department urged Egypt's interim government on Wednesday to respect the right of peaceful assembly, after Cairo's new leaders said vigils by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi threatened national security and were no longer acceptable.

"We have continued to urge the interim government, officials and security forces, to respect the right of peaceful assembly," deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told a news briefing. "That obviously includes sit-ins."

The United States had made this point publicly and privately to Egypt's leaders "and we will continue to do so," Harf said.

Earlier, an interim cabinet installed by the Egyptian military denounced "terrorist acts" and traffic disruption stemming from the street protests and said it had decided to "put an end to them."

This set up a potentially bloody showdown with the Muslim Brotherhood, which has vowed to keep up its street vigils until Morsi is reinstated.

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Roslyn
01-08-2013 04:49pm
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Quit meddling in Egyptian affairs!
The US needs to focus on it's own problems and quit meddling with the Middle East. Why doesn't Ashton go and meet with the residents of Rabaa, and tell them this is a peaceful sit-in, hundreds of thousands of lives are disrupted, traffic paralyzed and how about the productivity lost and the children being abused dressed in shrouds, where are the international children's rights from the US, why aren't they speaking up loud and clear! And while we on the subject of the US, just look at the entire M.E every country has been effected negatively by the US of A!
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Jim House-Beirut
01-08-2013 12:36am
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Government of army, by the army for the army
The government in Cair was installed by the self-worshiping army. It has no power or authority except to indulge in black lies against the Islamists. It is sad that Egyptians are appealing to a foreign power tp pressure their army and police to stop killing them Shame on Egypt
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key
31-07-2013 11:30pm
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We Reject Interference
If you respect yourself and respect your dignity DO NOT tell us how to run our Nation. We reject any interference or any attempt for division among Egyptians from any outsider medling with Egypt's internal affairs. The US administration need to STOP SENDING us their USaid/money. I urge you to redirect your money being sent to Egypt back to the poor in the US.
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