US Secretary of State John Kerry signaled his strong support for the Egyptian military in the midst of military and ‘security force’ crackdowns that have left over 300 people dead, including at least 80 Morsi supporters shot Saturday.
Speaking to Pakistan’s GEO TV Thursday, Kerry proclaimed, “The military was asked to intervene by millions and millions of people, all of whom were afraid of a descendance into chaos, into violence.”
He continued, “The military did not take over, to the best of our judgement – so far. To run the country, there’s a civilian government. In effect, they were restoring democracy.”
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This comes as the military-backed interim government threatens to snuff out pro-Morsi rallies planned for Friday, putting the country on edge and sparking fears of explosive violence.
Amid growing international concerns about military coup and human rights abuses, Kerry’s statement appears to be a full-fledged endorsement of the military’s actions.
Human rights advocates have condemned the spiraling human rights nightmare in Egypt. Amnesty International declared Wednesday, “The Egyptian government’s decision to mandate security forces to end all pro-Morsi sit-ins in Greater Cairo, considering recent violence against protesters, is a recipe for further bloodshed.”
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