Thomson Reuters Foundation

Inform - Connect - Empower

U.S. State Department urges Egypt to respect right peaceful assembly

Source: Reuters - Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:28 GMT
Author: Reuters
Tweet Recommend Google + LinkedIn Email Print
Leave us a comment

(Adds dropped phrase in 2nd paragraph, details)

WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) - 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 Mursi 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 Mursi is reinstated. (Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Vicki Allen and Christopher Wilson)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. For more information see our Acceptable Use Policy.

comments powered by Disqus