Female protester beaten in Egypt 311.
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CAIRO - The Egyptian foreign minister said on Wednesday that Egypt would
not accept any interference in its internal affairs, in response to
harsh comments made by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the way
security forces dealt with women protesters.
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In a speech on
Monday, Clinton criticized the actions of Egyptian security forces as
showing the "systematic degradation" of women that "disgraces the
state", some of the strongest US language used against Egypt's new
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Footage showed Egyptian soldiers beating protesters with
batons, often after they had fallen to the ground, in what activists
described as a forcible attempt to clear a sit-in demanding a swifter
transfer to civilian rule. The clashes since Friday have left at least
13 dead and hundreds wounded.
"Egypt does not accept any
interference in its internal affairs and conducts communications and
clarifications concerning statements made by foreign officials," the
state news agency quoted Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr as saying.
"Matters like that are not taken lightly," he was quoted as saying, in his response to a question about Clinton's remarks.
A video of Egyptian soldiers dragging a woman protester on the ground by
her black full-body veil, exposing her bra, then clubbing and kicking
her has sparked outrage. Thousands marched on Tahrir square on Tuesday
to condemn the attacks.
Activists have called for a major protest on Friday to demand an apology for the attacks on women.
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