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The US and Turkey were among those who condemned the Egyptian military today in their brutal crackdown on the sit-ins of ousted President Mohammed Morsi supporters.
Turkish leaders with similar ideologies to the former president of Egypt called the military’s actions a “massacre,” The Wall Street Journal reports. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the United Nations (UN) to take action and intervene on behalf of the Morsi supporters.
In a statement released today, The White House made clear that “[t]he United States strongly condemns the use of violence against protesters in Egypt,” mentioning that the US had called on the Egyptian military “to show restraint, and for the government to respect the universal rights of its citizens, just as we have urged protesters to demonstrate peacefully.”
Other countries have made statements condemning the events that transpired in Cairo today. WSJ reports that British Foreign Secretary William Hague stated that he was “deeply concerned about escalating violence,” as well as the military’s use of force. Spokesman for European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton also called for Egyptian forces to show restraint.