Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri – echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters last year. […]
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s statement Tuesday on the unrest in Ferguson read similarly to one issued by the U.S. in July 2013, when the White House “urged security forces to exercise maximum restraint and caution” in dealing with demonstrations by Morsi supporters.
The ministry added it was “closely following the escalation of protests” in Ferguson, unleashed by the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer on Aug. 9. Human Rights Watch said in a report last week Egyptian security forces systematically used excessive force against Islamist protesters after Morsi was ousted.
I wouldn’t exactly hold up the Egyptian government as a role model here—after all, just like the Ferguson police, much of its military might comes courtesy of the United States federal government.