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Bildt condemns Internet shutdown

Updated lördag 29 januari 2011 kl 10.30
Published fredag 28 januari 2011 kl 12.29

Sweden's Foreign Minister has attacked the way the Egyptian government is trying to stop protest by shutting down the Internet and mobile phone networks.

"It is completely unacceptable" says Carl Bildt to Swedish Radio News.

He adds that the future for Egypt lies in opening up the political system, and he says that the presidential election coming in September must happen in a way that meets people's hope for real change.

And the news agency AFP quotes Bildt, while at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday, saying that Myamar is the only other country he can think of that has taken a similarly drastic measure.

"In a situation like the one in Egypt, closing down the Internet may be downright dangerous," he warned.

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