Egypt PM breaks cabinet silence on Mohamed Mahmoud violent clashes

Ahram Online, Wednesday 21 Nov 2012

Prime Minister Hisham Qandil says 'all necessary steps' will be taken to stop 'attacks on public, private property' while saying govt 'respects right to peaceful protest'

Hisham Kandil
Egypt's Prime minister, Hisham Kandil (Photo: Reuters)

After three days of clashes on Cairo's Mohamed Mahmoud Street, Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil on Wednesday broke his silence on the issue, stating on his official Facebook page: "We respect different opinions and different political efforts."

Qandil went on to stress that the government would "use the law" in dealing with "protesters' violent activities."
"The government will take all necessary steps to deal with attacks on public and private property," he said.
He also stressed that the government would continue to guarantee freedom of expression and the right to stage peaceful protests.
The Egyptian PM went on to urge the media to report on current events "objectively" and abide by journalistic ethics.
"The people must know that these Molotov cocktails are being used to burn our country," he said. "Revolutionary demands can only be achieved by work and production and nothing else."
Since Monday, clashes between police and protestors have been ongoing on Mohamed Mahmoud and Qasr El-Aini streets, adjacent to Cairo's Tahrir Square. According to the latest health ministry figures, over 43 protesters have been injured, although reports from the field suggest the number may be higher.
Fighting erupted during a demonstration commemorating the victims of last year's five-day street battle with police in the same area, which left 47 dead and hundreds injured. 
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