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Berlin dismayed by violent turn in Egypt

The Local · 3 Feb 2011, 08:51

Published: 03 Feb 2011 08:51 GMT+01:00

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After pro-government demonstrators mobilised on the streets of Cairo on Wednesday and confronted the nine-day old anti-government demonstrations, sparking vicious street battles, Westerwelle warned that such violence would only help extremists and radicals.

“I am very worried about he escalation of the situation in Cairo. Bludgeoning demonstrators with violence is under no circumstances acceptable. Egypt is going through a historic moment and this must take place peacefully, both inwardly and outwardly,” he told Thursday’s edition of daily Passauer Neue Presse.

“The Egyptian government must be prepared to lead a dialogue with those who are demonstrating for change and freedom.”

British broadcaster the BBC reported that five people had been killed in the violence, and 836 taken to hospital with injuries. Gunfire had rung out in downtown Cairo overnight and Molotov cocktails had been thrown.

What was now needed was to create a process of peaceful change and prevent escalation and further violence, Westerwelle said.

“Because we don’t want fundamentalists, extremists and religious radicals to end up the winners in the freedom movement in Egypt,” he said. “But they will if you quash the demonstrators with violence.”

Westerwelle also pleaded with holiday-makers still in Egypt to take seriously the advice given by the Foreign Ministry.

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“It’s true: in resort areas it has not reached the stage of serious danger to German tourists. But the developments in Cairo are dramatic and the impact of the country is very hard to predict,” he said.

The ministry was doing its best to help all Germans who were trying to get out of Egypt, especially the big cities such as Cairo and Alexandria. Many German holiday-makers remain in areas such as the Red Sea coastal resorts, to which the protests and violence have not spread.

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14:25 February 3, 2011 by Willissteel
Get use to this Berlin or Paris or London or Stockolm or any major European cities for that matter...because you are now looking at yourself in the very near future! The muslims will do the same to you when they're strong enough. You can count on that like you can count on the sun that will rise tomorow!!!
15:58 February 3, 2011 by delvek
Very true comment. All these people who want to layout the red carpet for Muslims are basically giving their country away. Muslims will take over Europe without even firing a shot! Watch! Not today, not tomorrow, but if you were having children, your children would have seen it.

17:18 February 3, 2011 by derExDeutsche
In Europe, whose waiting for Muslims? Oh, Muslims will own Europe soon enough, but it will be the Lefties that hand them the keys.

Just look at the Lefties at the Squat Parade in Berlin, didn't they look to be enjoying their violence with equal satisfaction?

This is why Lefties and Muslims often enjoy each others company so much. Its like a brother bond in endemic Societal violence, and entitlement.
17:32 February 3, 2011 by LiberalGuy
Wow all you sound very scared. You should probably get a gun then. Barricade yourself in and shoot anyone who dares ring your door bell. While you at it, tax breaks for the rich. Isn't that the right wing way?
17:46 February 3, 2011 by Willissteel

It is the Liberals that suppose to be scared!!! Between the muslims and the right wingers, I don't really see there is much ground left for the Liberals to survive. You see Liberals, by supporting the muslim immigrants you made the enemies of both sides. The muslims will never accept your values and the right wingers hate you for destroying their values, their cultures and their countries. You see it now Liberals???
18:20 February 3, 2011 by LiberalGuy

You approaching it as if it is some doomsday scenario. Look at your comments! You act like there are Turkish landing craft landing at Kiel! Instead of acting so scared, how bout doing something constructive like looking for ways to work together on intergration and co-operation. That approach to problems seems beyond the right. The favoured approach of the right is to find something to be scared of, act like it is the end of civilization as we know it, and spread the fear. I won't live like that, and I certainly won't be scared by your misconceptions and prejudices. I think the act is you don't see any room for anything that is different for you to survive. Quite sad.......
18:45 February 3, 2011 by derExDeutsche
@ LiberalGuy

Scared? Did you notice what my name was? I only drop into Germany a few times a year, to Quality Check the food and drink;). When the Beer is gone and the food is Halal, I may not even do that anymore. Thanks, Kooks!

What weapons? Weapons at whose door? At my door, or Egyptian doors? weapons @ the door of the Squat? Ship doors, which door, which weapon? Lotta doors, lotta weapons. Don't remember many right wingers....

Violence is now excused and justified in Europe. Just as in the Middle East, violence is now Accepted as a form of cultural and political expression. Get ready for the fall... in our life time.
18:47 February 3, 2011 by Willissteel

I would go further with you, but somehow I suspect that you neither German nor European so i won't waste my breath anymore than I already have. I think there is only one place where all these can be settled and the way I see it we all are going to heading toward that place.
18:59 February 3, 2011 by LiberalGuy
I have noticed on my time on this site, that alot of the comments to various articles become quite heated. The left's get rilled up by the right and vice versa. It would be good if there was a left leaning local equivilant, and a right leaning equivilant. NY has the left leaning NY Times and the right leaning NY Post for example. It's good in the sense that the lefties can read the Times and rant about how bad the 'right' is, and the right can do the opposite in the Post, and at the end of the day we have said our pieces to like minded people, knowing deep down that no matter what we rant and rave about, nothing really changes
19:40 February 3, 2011 by derExDeutsche
@ LiberalGuy

Oh geez. does this mean censorship? can I kiss my wife and kids before you put me on the cattle car? And please, not to Dachau! I hear the weather is depressing.
20:55 February 3, 2011 by LiberalGuy
@ derEx,

ha ha ha. It's not much worse than where I am.

I like that people get emotional on here, just sometimes I think's is misguided.

German beer is one of the great things in life. Let's hope it never runs out.

And Willissteel I don't know if you were suggesting that (dare I say) not white, but for the record I'm Scotish/Dutch.

I have the red tinge in my beard to prove it.

But wait.... I've seen taliban with red beards..... Man I have some deep thinking to do.....
21:33 February 3, 2011 by lordkorner
get out the history books guys and read,at the turn of the century in Boston anarchists were blowing up police stations , 1920's Berlin left wingers and right wingers were shooting each other in the streets,what's happening in the world today is child's play compared to the way it was.
00:10 February 5, 2011 by Prufrock2010
Why do I get the impression that not many here actually believe in democracy? Democracy's fine for you but not for Arabs? Or Africans? Egyptians shouldn't have the right to self-determination after 7000 years? Interesting.
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