"Increasing polarization" in Egyptian society

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Demonstrators help a man injured at clashes on 27 July 2013 which killed dozens. © Saeed Shahat/IRIN

The Egyptian authorities have been urged by the UN not to use excessive force against demonstrators protesting the dropping of charges against a former president.

At least five people including two security officers were reportedly killed in clashes between demonstrators and security forces during protests.

Many Egyptians are reacting to a court's verdict to drop criminal charges against former President Hosni Mubarak, who was accused of killing protesters during his ouster in 2011.

Rupert Colville is Spokesperson for the UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR).

“The authorities must ensure that security forces do not resort to excessive use of force. Protesters for their part should ensure that their gatherings are peaceful. The increasing polarization in Egyptian society is very alarming, and we urge all sides to engage in a national dialogue to move the country forward .” (0'17")

OHCHR is calling on the Government to immediately release all those who have been detained for exercising their rights to peaceful assembly, association and expression.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration:  1’06″

 

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