(Mock) Statement by the Press Secretary on Egypt

What if the United States government spoke out against the army’s violence in Egypt? A mock statement, inspired by the words of others:

For Immediate Release

December 21, 2011

Statement by the Press Secretary on Egypt

The United States continues to believe that the only way to bring about the change that the Egyptian people deserve is for SCAF to leave power. The words of the SCAF regime have no credibility when they continue to be followed by outrageous and deplorable actions. The army has already flagrantly violated its commitment to end violence.  The United States is deeply disturbed by credible reports that SCAF continues to indiscriminately kill civilians, while arresting protesters without due process. While Egyptian security forces have also taken casualties, the overwhelming majority of the violence and loss of life in Egypt stems from the actions of the SCAF, and we call on all parties to put an end to violence.

Time and again, the SCAF regime has demonstrated that it does not deserve to rule Egypt.  It’s time for this suffering and killing to stop. It’s time for the release of political prisoners and unfettered access by monitors and international media to all parts of Egypt.  It’s time for the Egyptian people to have the universal rights that they deserve. SCAF is already facing growing isolation.  We urge Egypt’s remaining supporters in the international community to warn Cairo that if the violence does not stop, the international community will take steps to pressure the SCAF regime to stop its crackdown. Gen. Tantawi should have no doubt that the world is watching, and neither the international community nor the Egyptian people accept his legitimacy.


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