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Egypt 'closely following' unrest in US town of Ferguson

Published on Aug 20, 2014 12:00 AM
 
Police arrest a demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters have been vocal asking for justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. Egypt, which itself has been under international scrutiny for a deadly crackdown on protesters, is said to be "closely following the escalation of protests in Ferguson and the reactions". -- PHOTO: AFP 

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt said Tuesday it is closely following protests in the US town of Ferguson where troops have been deployed after racially charged unrest, echoing support for the right to hold peaceful demonstrations.

Egypt, which itself has been under international scrutiny for a deadly crackdown on protesters, is "closely following the escalation of protests in Ferguson and the reactions," foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said in a statement.

Abdelatty pointed to a statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for restraint.

Ban's remarks "represented the position of the international community towards these events, especially (Ban's) call for restraint and the right to peaceful assembly," Abdelatty said.

 
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