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Egyptian culture minister resigns as U.S. condemns violence

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 5 February 2013
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February 05, 2013

Egypt's culture minister has resigned in protest over a video showing police beating and dragging a naked man near the president's palace.

The Egyptian state-owned "Al-Ahram" publication quoted a cabinet spokesman as confirming that Culture Minister Saber Arab had submitted his resignation.

The U.S. State Department on February 4 called on Egypt to thoroughly investigate all allegations of abuse by security officials.

Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that making perpetrators accountable for wrongdoing was the best way to prevent recurrences.

Egyptian opponents of President Muhammad Morsi say deaths and abuses perpetrated by the police show that the security forces have not been reformed since the ouster of longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

Around 60 people have been killed in the past 10 days of clashes in Egypt.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and ahram.org

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