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Egypt teases U.S. over police crackdown on Ferguson protests

Egypt on Tuesday taught the U.S. a lesson in not throwing stones from glass houses, as it urged American law enforcement to show more restraint in responding to the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Washington has on several occasions condemned Egyptian police for violently cracking down on protesters. So flipping the script, a spokesperson for Egypt's foreign ministry said Cairo was "following the escalation of protests and demonstrations in the city of Ferguson and reactions thereto," and urged the police to show "restraint and respect for the right of assembly and peaceful expression of opinion."

The choice of language may not have been random either. Rather, as The New York Times points out, the statement "read similarly to one" the Obama administration released last July condemning the killing of hundreds of dissidents by Egyptian security forces.