Washington: The White House on Wednesday
condemned the violence against peaceful protesters in Egypt
and called for restraint as chaos reigned in Cairo and
hundreds were reported injured.
A day after President Hosni Mubarak appeared on state
tv and announced that he would not contest presidential
election one his tenure ends in September, violent clashes
broke out between pro- and anti-Mubarak groups.
"The United States deplores and condemns the violence
that is taking place in Egypt, and we are deeply concerned
about attacks on the media and peaceful demonstrators," White
House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement.
"We repeat our strong call for restraint," Gibbs said.
The US reaction came as fresh reports said that
hundreds of people were injured in the clashes, and media
persons were also attacked by pro-Mubarak protesters.
President Barack Obama had early in the day called for
Mubarak to start an orderly transition to a more
representative government immediately.
European leaders also demanded that Mubarak should pay
heed to the aspirations of the agitating Egyptians.
British Prime Minister David Cameron and Germany
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle expressed concern over the violence.
"If it turns out that the regime in any way has been
sponsoring or tolerating this violence, that would be
completely and utterly unacceptable," Cameron said.