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US Decries Use of 'Thugs' Against Egyptian Protesters
February 02, 2011 - The United States Wednesday condemned what it says was the use of "thugs" against democracy demonstrators in central Cairo. A senior official said President Hosni Mubarak has little time left to prove he can preside over the reform process he has promised.
The Obama administration has refrained thus far from flatly calling for President Mubarak to step down. But officials here are expressing outrage over Wednesday’s attacks on protesters by what they term "thugs" supporting the besieged Egyptian leader. One senior official said while President Mubarak wants to remain in office pending elections for a successor, he now only has a "narrow amount of time" to prove that he can lead a credible reform process.

Echoing earlier comments from the White House calling Wednesday’s violence "outrageous and deplorable", State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley said the appearance on the streets of pro-Mubarak forces attacking demonstrators "changed the dynamic" of an already difficult situation. "Let me differentiate between those who can bring forward their perspective on current events, as opposed to the thugs that we saw on the streets today, who are clearly trying to intimidate those people who have been peacefully protesting and expressing their strong views about a different kind of future for Egypt, "said P.J. Crowley. "We don’t know who unleashed these people. But there should be full accountability."

Crowley said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Mr. Mubarak’s newly appointed Vice president Omar Suleiman to call for an inquiry into the Wednesday violence. The spokesman also said that retired senior U.S. diplomat Frank Wisner left Cairo Wednesday after meeting President Mubarak and Suleiman, Egypt’s former intelligence chief. Wisner, a former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, is said to have delivered in person the message President Obama and other U.S. officials have stressed publicly in recent days, that a process of transition in Egypt must begin immediately.

The senior official who spoke to reporters here, asked why Wisner had been recalled so quickly, said only that his mission "had gone as far as it could." The official said there is sentiment at the highest level of the Cairo government that they can outlast the demonstrators, but said in the U.S. view that is a "flawed assumption".

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February 02, 2011 - A spokesman for U.S. President Barack Obama is condemning Wednesday’s violence in Cairo as "outrageous and deplorable". The official says Mr. Obama made it clear to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that the time for a transition has come.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says President Obama wants the violence in the streets of Cairo to stop and a transition to begin. "The president and this administration strongly condemn the outrageous and deplorable violence that has taken place in the streets of Cairo today," he said. "We have said that throughout this process. Obviously, if any of the violence is instigated by the government, it should stop immediately." Mr. Obama spoke with his Egyptian counterpart by telephone late Tuesday.

At Wednesday’s White House press briefing, Gibbs did not say the president has insisted that Mr. Mubarak step down now, but he said Mr. Obama did call for a change. "The conversation that the president had with President Mubarak was direct, it was frank, it was candid," he said. "And without getting into exactly what was said, the message that the president delivered clearly to President Mubarak was that the time for change had come." Gibbs repeated a statement he made last week, that the U.S. is reviewing its policy of sending $1.3 billion in aid to Egypt each year, and that the decision depends on the Egyptian government’s conduct.

He said Mr. Obama will maintain contact with President Mubarak. The White House spokesman called the events in Egypt "very fluid and dynamic"” Earlier Wednesday, White House Chief of Staff William Daley said the situation in Egypt is beyond U.S. control. He said the United States hopes the result will be a strong, stable and secular Egyptian government. Daley also told reporters the popular uprising could extend beyond Egypt’s borders, saying, "this stuff is contagious"”

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