Sunday, July 31, 2005

Analyst: Egypt Takes Hard Line Before Vote

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - The arrest and beatings of protesters against President Hosni Mubarak indicates the Egyptian government will take a tough line as the country heads into its first multi-candidate presidential elections, analysts said Sunday.

The protest Saturday followed Mubarak's decision to run for a fifth term in September. Police kicked and beat dozens of demonstrators and detained 20...

...State Department spokeswoman Nancy Beck declined to comment on Egypt's response to the demonstrations Saturday. But Washington had criticized the government after its supporters, with police standing by, attacked activists during a referendum in May. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the government must "make certain that people can associate and can peacefully petition.""
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