Egypt's parliamentary elections to be held amidst turmoil, street violence

protests in Egypt

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday has deplored the role of Egypt's military and security forces in suppressing demonstrations over the past five days.

Ms. Pillay has urged Egyptian authorities to end the excessive use of force against protestors in Cairo's Tahrir square using rubber bullets and sometimes live ammunition.

Some 30 protestors, demanding a return to civilian rule, have reportedly been killed and hundreds others injured.

Khalwa Mattar, the Director of the UN Information Centre in Egypt, describes the atmosphere.

"The situation is extremely tense and sad at the same time due to the loss of many lives during the protests in Tahrir Square. People are worried that this will lead to escalation of the situation instead of calming it down."

The violence and protests come just days before parliamentary polls, which will be Egypt's first elections since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak's regime last February.

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