America’s top diplomat Hillary Clinton condemned “shocking” bloody clashes that rocked the Cairo stronghold of anti-government protesters on Wednesday, in a call to Egyptian Vice-President Omar Suleiman.
As heavy gunfire rang out in Cairo’s Tahrir or Liberation, Square in the early hours of Thursday, the State Department said Clinton had called Suleiman, telling him violence that left at least three dead on Wednesday “was a shocking development after many days of consistently peaceful demonstrations.”
“The secretary urged that the government of Egypt hold accountable those who were responsible for violent acts,” the State Department added in a statement.
“Secretary Clinton also underscored the important role that the Egyptian Armed Forces have played in exercising restraint in the face of peaceful demonstrations and expressed concern that all parties recommit themselves to using only peaceful means of assembly.”
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