Britain condemns 'unacceptable' violence in Cairo
British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday condemned clashes between security forces and protesters in Cairo, saying they were "unacceptable" and inconsistent with moves towards democracy.
"I am deeply concerned at the clashes in central Cairo," Hague said in a statement, as violence erupted for a fourth straight day and the death toll rose to 12, including two people killed in fighting at dawn.
"The violent tactics of the security forces are unacceptable as are the violent actions of some of the protestors, which are inconsistent with the democratic process in which Egypt is now engaged."
Hague welcomed the "orderly conduct" of elections for the first parliament since the ousting of longstanding president Hosni Mubarak, but said it was important that the clashes did not put his process at risk.
"Egypt has the chance to build a better future on the basis of democratic participation and choice," he said.
"I welcome the orderly conduct of the current elections. It is essential not to put this political process in danger."
© 2011 AFP