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Egyptian PM says police showed 'self-restraint' regarding Mursi supporters

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 01:32

Aug. 14 - Egypt's Interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi defends decision to storm pro-Mursi protests and thanks the police for showing ''high levels of self-restraint,'' after death toll climbs to 235. Deborah Gembara reports.

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Egypt's interim prime minister defends the government decision to storm pro-Mursi demonstrations on Wednesday. He says they had no choice after attempts at mediation with Mursi supporters failed. SOUNDBITE: EGYPT'S INTERIM PRIME MINISTER, HAZEM EL-BEBLAWI, SAYING: ''When freedom of expression becomes terrorizing the public, carrying arms, blocking roads and violating public property --- it is not freedom of expression. It becomes aviolation of the people and the people. For the government to continue to operate, it has to be respected. That's why we had to take a stand and say this cannot continue. It should be stopped." Security forces shot and killed scores of people. By evening the death toll was well over 200 and the number injured was around 2,000. Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi praised the way forces handled the operation. SOUNDBITE:EGYPT'S INTERIM PRIME MINISTER, HAZEM EL-BEBLAWI, SAYING: "I have to take this opportunity to thank the police because it has behaved with high levels of self-restraint. There were human rights observers and everything was publicized and there was filming. And it turned out that there were weapons and ammunition and other illegal material.'' Now under curfew Cairos streets were markedly different from earlier in the day. Asked how long the situaton could last el-Beblawi offered no specific dates, saying the state of emergency would go on for as short a period as possible. would go on for as short a period as possible, adding that the government is eager to restore democracy.

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Egyptian PM says police showed 'self-restraint' regarding Mursi supporters

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 01:32