Britain demands immediate release of Egypt detained

4th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain on Friday called on Egypt to release immediately human rights workers, lawyers and journalists detained during anti-regime protests.

"There are ongoing reports about the intimidation and arrest of human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists in Egypt," said Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt.

"I unreservedly condemn any such action and call on the Egyptian government to clarify immediately the whereabouts of anyone who may have been detained and for them to be released immediately."

Arrests and violent assaults on foreign news media and rights campaigners in Cairo intensified this week as President Hosni Mubarak rejected protesters' demands to stand down immediately after three decades in power.

On the 11th day of protests Friday, Egyptian demonstrators held a massive "departure day" show of force aimed at ousting Mubarak, as both the United States and the European Union indicated the time had come for him to step down.

© 2011 AFP

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