“We are extremely concerned by the increasing violence during demonstrations and condemn the response of the Egyptian authorities that have once again used excessive force in their handling of demonstrations” stated Souhayr Belhassen, FIDH President on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.
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The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) deplores the tragedy that resulted in at least 53 deaths and 1757 injuries since 25 January 2013 after violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces have been ongoing for 4 days in major cities across Egypt including Cairo, Suez and Port Said. The causes of death include live ammunition, bird-short pellets and suffocation from tear gas. According to the figures provided by lawyers from the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression and the Arab Network for Human Rights Information, at least 153 protesters have been presented before the Prosecution in Cairo, 33 have been released on bail, while 11 have been presented to the Prosecution in Al-Mahalla. The No to Military Trials for Civilians Group reported 42 detained protesters in Alexandria.