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Germany 'very worried' about unrest in Egypt

The Local · 26 Jan 2011, 14:38

Published: 26 Jan 2011 14:38 GMT+01:00

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"We are very worried by how the situation in Egypt is developing," Westerwelle told reporters.

"We call on all the parties to exercise restraint and renounce violence. The situation in Egypt should not be allowed to escalate further and for this reason restraint from violence ... is the order of the day."

Westerwelle said countries where human rights and freedoms were denied risked instability and conflict.

"The current situation in Egypt highlights the need for a dialogue in society, it highlights the need for more democracy, respect for people and for human rights. That is the best way to achieve stability," he added.

Four people died on Tuesday during unprecedented nationwide rallies seeking to end President Hosni Mubarak's three-decade-long rule.

Activists have called for more protests on Wednesday but the interior ministry said further demonstrations were banned and anyone taking part would be prosecuted.

"The right of people to protest peacefully must be protected - that applies to all countries," German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular government press briefing.

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The spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Wednesday that protests in Egypt highlight the "wish for political change" and are "a signal" after recent events in Tunisia led to the ouster of autocratic President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali earlier this month.

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15:31 January 26, 2011 by Fatz Lewinski
"We call on all the parties to exercise restraint and renounce violence" he told reporters. Not much of a call is it!

Speaking as someone working in Cairo just this minute, I can say that even the locals are quite astonished at the turnout yesterday. Change is in the air!

Personally, if they can just hold off for a day or two so that I can get home ...!
21:19 January 26, 2011 by wxman
Let's all welcome the Islamic Republic of Egypt to the ranks! Hope all you Copts have your plane tickets and your bags packed. It's time to boogy.
00:10 January 27, 2011 by ahmdsamir
You think the dictator of Egypt is Gods given gift to the Christian? Christians and Muslims in Egypt have been living side by side for centuries. Egypt problems are mainly stemming from it's corrupt Western endorsed government.(How many times I've seen Mubarak warmly welcomes in Europe capitals)

Stop this negative propaganda about Muslims, just because a handful of terrorist claim to be Muslims does not mean that thousands of millions of Muslims are bad.

This is exactly the Stupid argument that causes so much trouble in the world, Western politicians would rather have Secular corrupted Dictator, than democratically elected Muslims in power.
00:46 January 27, 2011 by Frenemy

Take a chill pill and calm the F down. Not everyone in the West is an ignorant, xenophobic, schemer itching to start the next Crusade! That said, we do love our little creature comforts like democracy, alcohol, naked women and tasty roast pig!!!

Therefore, I propose the following deal:

you let us enjoy the aforementioned indulgences in peace, and we'll let the Middle East languish in the hellish temperatures, never ending sand, and 16th century philosophical doctrine to which it is accustomed...(provided you give us the oil we need, at a reasonable price, to maintain civil society until we've weaned ourselves off of your energy crack-cocaine).

00:59 January 27, 2011 by ahmdsamir
BTW There were no islamists behind the demos in Cairo , that's exactly what Mubarak want everyone to believe, it's either him or the islamists. The truth is, the demonstrations in Cairo was led by mostly young people who are lingering for freedom.

@ Frenemy I never claimed everybody in the west to be whatever your saying, All I said is that Mubarak regime is supported by all western democracies (FACT).

alcohol naked or not naked women (although i object to objectifying women like this) and tasty pigs is your own business. sou please shut the F. up
02:08 January 27, 2011 by Prufrock2010
How is liking naked women "objectifying" them? If it weren't for naked women most of us (excluding Logic Guy) wouldn't be here. I like roast pig and alcohol, too, particularly when shared with a naked woman.
06:04 January 27, 2011 by parografik
Best discussion in awhile here. Pass me one or two of the aforementioned.
07:39 January 27, 2011 by marimay
frenemy should heed his own chill pill taking advice..
09:22 January 27, 2011 by So36
Actually amir put that pessimistic SOB wxman in his place quite nicely. Just because he's upset the Dick Cheney method of "imparting" democracy went so horribly awry, he can't even hope for a democratic revolution from within.
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