The Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called on the United States to show restraint in dealing with protests in Ferguson, Missouri, that have been the scene of violent clashes between demonstrators and police over the fatal shooting of a teenager.
A spokesman said the ministry was “following the escalation of protests and demonstrations in the city of Ferguson and reactions thereto,” the Egyptian Daily News reported.
The spokesman went on to refer to earlier comments by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who asked US authorities to ensure the protection of the protesters’ rights, and called for “restraint and respect for the right of assembly and peaceful expression of opinion.”
Last week saw the anniversary of an Egyptian police crackdown on two protest camps in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares that killed hundreds of people.
That assault was “one of the largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history,” the New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report. In Rabaa al-Adawiya alone, at least 817 people were killed, it said, calling for top officials to be investigated for likely “crimes against humanity.”
US police fired tear gas Monday in another night of unrest in the Missouri town where a white police officer shot and killed unarmed black 18-year-old student Michael Brown on August 9.
His death, and the heavy-handed police response, has reignited a national debate about race and law enforcement in the United States.