Clashes in Egypt – Joint media statement

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Joint media statement

The Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Hon Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister

10 October 2011

The Australian Government today expressed its deep concern at the violence and resulting loss of life and injuries that took place in Cairo overnight.

According to current estimates, up to 23 people have died and over 150 were injured during clashes between protestors and security forces.

The Government expresses its condolences to the friends and families of those killed.

Last night’s violence follows an increase in sectarian tensions and violence affecting Coptic Christians in recent months, including attacks on churches.

The Government calls for calm and for clear respect for religious freedoms, human rights and the rule of law.

As Egypt’s historical transition to democracy continues, now more than ever is a critical time for peace and stability.

Media inquiries
Minister’s office: (02) 6277 7500
DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555

For Full Statement visit: http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/2011/kr_mr_111010.html

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