Violence escalates ahead of Egypt's parliamentary elections

protests in Egypt

A group of United Nations independent experts are calling on Egyptian authorities to stop using violence against demonstrators ahead of parliamentary elections planned for 28 November.

Health Ministry officials say at least 23 people have been killed and more than 1,500 wounded.

Government forces are reportedly using lethal force in an effort to evict protestors camping in Tahrir Square since Saturday.

Protestors are demanding the cancellation of elections, arguing that they cannot be free and fair under present circumstances.

UN Secretary-General has joined the experts in voicing his concern over the violence, says his Spokesperson, Martin Nesirky.

"The Secretary-General deplores the loss of life and the many injuries. The Secretary-General calls on the transitional authorities to guarantee the protection of human rights and civil liberties for all Egyptians, including the right to peaceful protest. He urges restraint and calm by all parties to enable a peaceful and inclusive electoral process as part of Egypt's transition to democracy and the early establishment of civilian rule.”

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The parliamentary elections will be the nation's first elections since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak's regime last February.

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