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Thursday, 16 February 2012 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Egypt: recent developments (debate)

  Eija-Riitta Korhola (PPE).(FI) Mr President, events in Egypt have made me think about the nature of democracy. I myself paid a visit to Cairo in November, and I had the chance to witness the demonstrations in Tahrir Square and meet a number of Egyptians who wanted to see a new kind of government for their country. The resistance movement has gained strength from the Arab Spring and has spread, and Egypt is going through a critical period of transition.

Democracy is inadequate unless it is built on the inviolability of the individual and values that respect freedom. Without values, democracy is just a mathematical calculation, whose result may cause more suffering, only with greater potential approval.

Egypt has recently freed imprisoned bloggers and partially lifted martial law. As a step towards civil government, martial law should nevertheless be lifted completely, and freedom of speech and religion fully respected.

With this resolution, we want to express our solidarity with the Egyptians and our deepest sympathy for the relatives of those who perished at the football match at the start of February.

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