Clinton and Ban Ki Moon call for end to Tahrir violence

Zeinab El Gundy, Monday 19 Dec 2011

Clinton urges Egyptian authorities to allow peaceful free expression and assembly; Ban Ki-moon alarmed by excessive use of force by security forces

Tahrir Square
Egyptian army soldiers arrest a protester (C) during clashes with army soldiers at Tahrir Square in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have issued statements on the recent clashes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

“I am deeply concerned about the continuing reports of violence in Egypt. I urge Egyptian security forces to respect and protect the universal rights of all Egyptians, including the rights to peaceful free expression and assembly. We call upon the Egyptian authorities to hold accountable those, including security forces, who violate these standards," said Clinton in a statement released on Sunday.

"Those who are protesting should do so peacefully and refrain from acts of violence. Our thoughts are with the families of those who have been killed or injured.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also issued a statement on Sunday condemning the attack on protesters and the excessive use of force by the security forces.

"The Secretary-General is highly alarmed by the excessive use of force employed by the security forces against protestors and calls for the transitional authorities to act with restraint and uphold human rights, including the right to peaceful protest," the statement said.

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