WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Near Eastern and

South and Central Asian Affairs Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations

Committee, released the following statement on protests in Egypt:


WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Near Eastern and
South and Central Asian Affairs Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, released the following statement on protests in Egypt:

"I condemn the deplorable violence unleashed against peaceful demonstrators across
Egypt and express condolence for the families who have lost loved ones. I urge the
government of Egypt, and especially its security forces, to immediately cease using
violence and to allow for the basic right of freedom of assembly.

"For decades, the Egyptian people have not been able to express their legitimate
grievances through the democratic process. I would like to express solidarity with
the democratic aspirations of the Egyptian people, based on the rule of law and the
universal declaration of human rights.

"As the Chairman of the Senate Internet Freedom Caucus, I am a strong believer in
the freedom of expression. The Egyptian government must open social networking
websites in response to these demonstrations. These lines of communication should
remain open and the Egyptian people should have the freedom to speak openly and
freely.

"The world is watching, as is the United States Senate. In light of these
unfortunate events, I look forward to working with my colleagues to re-examine the
U.S. military assistance package to Egypt."

Senator Casey visited Cairo in July 2010 and met with civil society activists and
government officials.