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Amnesty: Egypt Cabinet firing won't quell protests

Amnesty: Egypt Cabinet firing won't quell protests

The head of Amnesty International says Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's decision to fire his Cabinet won't quell the anti-government protests that have shaken the country for five days.
Salil Shetty says the Cabinet firing "is a bit of a joke."
Shetty told The Associated Press on Saturday that "people are very clearly saying they want very fundamental change, constitutional change."
He says the human rights group has staff in Cairo and traveling around the country even as the Egyptian government seeks to prevent media organizations and observers from reporting on the protests.
Shetty says the closing down of peaceful avenues of protest and expression will backfire on the government and is one the reasons why demonstrations have turned violent.


Updated : 2021-04-17 21:58 GMT+08:00