Egypt's army head blames foreign intervention for unrest

By REUTERS
July 28, 2011 01:20

CAIRO - Foreign groups are meddling in Egypt and stirring up unrest, Egypt's army chief said on Wednesday, days after protesters marched to the defense ministry to urge their military rulers to speed up reforms.

"There are foreign players who feed and set up specific projects that some individuals carry out domestically, without understanding," Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the ruling military council said in an address to officers.

"It is possible that there is lack of understanding, that foreign players are pushing the people into inappropriate directions," Tantawi said, adding that such foreign parties "did not want stability for Egypt."

Scores of people were injured during Saturday's march in Cairo when thousands of demonstrators fought opponents hurling stones and firebombs. Military police, armed with tasers and batons, fired in the air to stop the demonstrators from approaching the defense ministry but did little to intervene in the clashes.


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