Thursday, November 24, 2011

Timeline: who said what about Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces

My friend Khalid Abdalla has asked if people can put together what Western leaders have said about and how they have supported SCAF (Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces) and its head, Field Marshal Tantawi. So let's crowdsource it. We're looking particularly for statements by David Cameron, William Hague, Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton and other US and UK politcians. If you find something, put it in the comments, along with a date for it and a link to the source and I'll add it here.  If I've missed out significant events then please let me know as well.

Jan 25 EVENT - Start of the January 25 Revolution

Feb 11 EVENT - Hosni Mubarak resigns as president, handing over power to SCAF.

Oct 9 EVENT The Maspero Massacre (warning - very graphic video)

Oct 10 "The President is deeply concerned about the violence in Egypt that has led to a tragic loss of life among demonstrators and security forces.  The United States expresses our condolences to the families and loved ones of all who were killed or injured, and stands with the Egyptian people in this painful and difficult time.  Now is a time for restraint on all sides so that Egyptians can move forward together to forge a strong and united Egypt.  As the Egyptian people shape their future, the United States continues to believe that the rights of minorities - including Copts - must be respected, and that all people have the universal rights of peaceful protest and religious freedom.  We also note Prime Minister Sharaf's call for an investigation and appeal to all parties to refrain from violence.  These tragic events should not stand in the way of timely elections and a continued transition to democracy that is peaceful, just and inclusive." - White House Press Secretary -

Nov 9 Hillary Clinton hails SCAF as the establishment of "stability and continuity in Egypt" - link - can someone find a full text of this speech?

Nov 14?? "If, over time, the most powerful political force in Egypt remains a roomful of unelected officials, they will have planted the seeds for future unrest, and Egyptians will have missed a historic opportunity" Hillary Clinton more

Nov 19 start of the Nov 19 uprising

Nov 22 "We are deeply concerned about the violence. The violence is deplorable. We call for restraint – we call on all sides to exercise restraint. We think it's very important that the elections go forward.
The violence needs to stop. The Egyptians need to be able to decide their future and decide it in a peaceful manner." - spokesman for Obama more

Nov 23 "We condemn the excessive force used by the police. We strongly urge the Egyptian government to exercise maximum restraint, to discipline its forces and to protect the universal rights of all Egyptians to peacefully express themselves." Victoria Nuland, spokeswoman for US State Dept more

NOTE: this is not a thread for discussing what's going on in Egypt. There are plenty of places to do that. Comments not containing information that we can add will be deleted.