Egypt's Sisi: Right to protest is exaggerated

2015-01-20 17:37
Egypt's ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gives his first television interview since announcing his candidacy in. (STR, AFP)

Egypt's ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gives his first television interview since announcing his candidacy in. (STR, AFP)

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Cairo - Egypt's president Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi says those questioning his government about human rights are ignoring the fact that his country of 90 million lacks development, stability and investment.

Speaking during celebrations of national Police Day on Tuesday, Sisi said a large segment of Egyptians live in poverty — with much larger concerns than freedom of expression.

"Ninety million want to eat, drink, live and be reassured for their future," he told a room packed with police officers and public figures. He said the country is also battling terrorism.

To those who protest, he yelled: "Don't take us down with you."

Sisi said he respects human rights but amid Egypt's turmoil, there is bound to be violations.

Egypt passed a controversial law last year that criminalises unauthorised protests and imposes harsh jail sentences.

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