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UK: Egypt must not crack down on protests

By the CNN Wire Staff
British Foreign Secretary William Hague says it's a "huge mistake" for Egypt to use violence against protesters.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague says it's a "huge mistake" for Egypt to use violence against protesters.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Shutting down the internet or using violence is a "huge mistake," William Hague says
  • He would not say whether Hosni Mubarak should step down

(CNN) -- It is a "huge mistake" for Egypt to shut down the internet or use violence against protesters or journalists, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Sunday, calling it "hugely damaging to Egypt and wrong in principle."

He declined to say whether President Hosni Mubarak should step down immediately, saying it was not for any other country to decide who should lead Egypt.

But, he said, it was "vitally important" for the authorities to "show Egyptians that their legitimate grievances will be responded to."

He was speaking on the BBC's Sunday morning Andrew Marr show "AM."

 
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