Washington - The United States on Monday called on Egypt to
investigate all cases of alleged police abuse after a man was brutally beaten
outside the presidential palace in Cairo last week.
Clashes also erupted at Monday's funeral of another
activist, Mohammed al-Guindi, 28, who was arrested last month after joining
protests demanding change on the second anniversary of the country's uprising.
Egypt's opposition says Guindi's death proves the police
have not reformed since the uprising to topple authoritarian leader Hosni
State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said the US
was "extremely disturbed by these incidents, including sexual assaults
against women and the beating of a defenceless man last week".
"We urge the government of Egypt to thoroughly,
credibly and independently investigate all claims of violence and wrongdoing by
security officials and demonstrators and to bring perpetrators to justice.
Accountability is the best way to prevent recurrences of these kinds of
Egyptian policemen were filmed beating and dragging a naked
man during protests in Tahrir Square on Friday, prompting Culture Minister
Mohammed Saber Arab to resign, Egyptian state media reported.
Egypt's presidency said meanwhile in a Facebook statement
that it had asked the public prosecutor to probe Guindi's death, stressing
there is "no return to rights abuses of citizens and their freedoms...
after the January 25 revolution".
Nuland agreed, urging Morsi "to be the president for
"All Egyptians, regardless of gender, political
affiliation or religion, deserve the right to safely assemble in public without
fear of violence. And we call on the Egyptian government to make that
possible," she added.