Egypt slams US criticism over detaining protesters

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
April 9, 2010 13:15

Egypt is dismissing US criticism of its detention of scores of protesters who rallied earlier this week in Cairo demanding constitutional reforms to allow more open elections.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said in a statement released late Thursday that Egyptian elections are an internal matter.

Zaki also said that "Egyptians don't accept that foreign governments speak on their behalf."

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley on Wednesday expressed Washington's concern over the arrests and called on Egypt to allow its people to determine who will run and win the country's upcoming elections.

Thirty-three protesters were arrested when police beat the demonstrators and violently broke up Tuesday's gathering. The detained were released the following day.


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