December 21, 2011
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr has censured the US for interfering in the country’s internal affairs amid police violence against protesters.
“Egypt will not accept any interference in its domestic affairs,” he said on Wednesday.
Egypt was seeking “clarifications over any statements by any foreign official regarding internal Egyptian matters,” the foreign minister added.
He made the remarks after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Egypt’s military leaders of mistreating women.
“This systematic degradation of Egyptian women dishonors the revolution, disgraces the state and its uniform and is not worthy of a great people,” Clinton said on Monday.
Egyptian forces harshly attacked women demonstrators and beat them in the capital’s streets.
On Tuesday, thousands of Egyptians mainly women marched through the streets of central Cairo to protest the violence against people.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces on Tuesday apologized to “the great women of Egypt over transgressions that occurred during recent incidents in the protests.”
The Egyptian military’s violence against protesters left over a dozen people dead and hundreds more injured, according to the Health Ministry.
The demonstrators call on the junta to immediately transfer power to a civilian government nearly one year after the country’s revolution toppled former dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Egyptian protesters have called for a mass rally in Cairo’s Liberation Square on Friday to condemn the military’s violence against demonstrators.