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PM in press conference denies army attacked Egypt's Occupy Cabinet

Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri, recently appointed by Egypt's ruling military, denies security forces used violence in a press conference at the same moment the army burns tents in Tahrir Square

Ahram Online, Saturday 17 Dec 2011
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Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri
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After violent clashes letup on Saturday at the site of Egypt's Occupy Cabinet protests against the military appointment of a prime minister, Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri himself held a press conference denying that the police or military used violence against the Occupy Cabinet demonstrators.

El-Ganzouri says those triggering violence are driven by unknown people who “do not want good for this country.”

According to the prime minister, Cabinet violence started when a young man participating in the sit-in jumped inside the parliament headquarters to retrieve a football, which had accidentally fallen into the parliament courtyard. The young man was “unacceptably mistreated” admits El-Ganzouri. However, he added that the youth’s reaction was not appropriate, as they started throwing stones instead of filing a complaint or demanding an investigation.

El-Ganzouri insisted that security forces did not leave the government building except very briefly as they were protecting the government headquarters under attack. He denied media reports that the military used live ammunition.

El-Ganzouri described the demonstrators in front of Cabinet as “not the revolution’s youth.”

He called on all political forces to urge the nation to reject what is happening saying “what is happening is not a revolution, but [rather] an assault on the revolution” further describing his government as “the revolution's salvation government.”

At the very same moments El-Ganzouri was speaking at the press conference, the military was attacking protesters in Tahrir Square to evacuate the area. Sit-in tents were burnt and media cameras have been confiscated.

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