Obama condemns violence against peaceful protesters in Arab

US President Barack Obama asked the Arab countries to show restraint.

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2011, 10:22 AM IST

Washington: US President Barack Obama on Saturday condemned the use of violence by security forces against
peaceful pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen,
and asked the governments in these countries to show
restraint.

"I am deeply concerned by reports of violence in
Bahrain, Libya and Yemen. The United States condemns the use
of violence by governments against peaceful protesters in
those countries and wherever else it may occur," Obama said in
a statement.
"We express our condolences to the family and friends
of those who have been killed during the demonstrations.
Wherever they are, people have certain universal rights
including the right to peaceful assembly," he said.

"The United States urges the governments of Bahrain,
Libya and Yemen to show restraint in responding to peaceful
protests, and to respect the rights of their people," Obama
said.
There was a new outburst of violence in Yemen, Bahrain
and Libya, where dozens of people have died so far in
anti-regime protests.

PTI