By The Associated Press – The reactions of some countries to clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, in which dozens were killed Wednesday.
Turkey's government, which has been consistently critical of the military-backed ouster of Morsi, harshly criticized the crackdown. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office called the crackdown "a serious blow to the hopes of a return to democracy." It also blamed other unnamed countries for encouraging the government after Morsi's ouster on July 3.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul warned that Egypt could descend into chaos, comparing the clashes to the crackdown in Syria that precipitated a civil war.
Turkey itself has been criticized in recent months for heavy-handed police tactics in clamping down on protests against Erdogan's government that included firing tear gas canisters directly at protesters. Hundreds of Turks in Ankara and Istanbul protested against the crackdown.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the government was "extremely worried" about the "very dangerous" escalation of violence in Egypt, indirectly criticizing the leadership for its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood while at the same time urging an end to violence.
"We expect from the transitional government and the Egyptian authorities that they allow peaceful demonstrations just as we expect from the other political forces that they distance themselves clearly from violence, that they don't demand violence and don't act violently."
Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said the "decisive principle" must be "that the human rights of all Egyptians, independent of their political direction and conviction, have to be respected and protected."
Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood has urged its Egyptian peers to continue protests, saying their victory will help the fundamentalist group rise to power elsewhere in the Arab world.
A harshly-worded statement by the Brotherhood's political arm, the Islamic Action Front, also warns Egypt's military rulers that they have fallen into a "conspiracy" hatched by the United States and Israel to weaken Muslims.
"Today is your day, and upon its outcome, the future of Egypt, Arabs and Muslims will be determined," according to a statement issued before 200 Brotherhood activists staged a protest outside the Egyptian Embassy in Amman.
The protesters rebuked Egypt's military rulers as a "tool for corrupt and tyrant military regimes."
Jordan's police sealed off the area around the embassy saying they expect the numbers to swell later.
Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino appealed to all sides in Egypt to do what they can to immediately stop the explosion of violence and "avoid a bloodbath."
Bonino expressed deep sorrow for the loss of human lives.
"I had expressed the hope that the squares with the sit-ins be emptied" through an agreement among all sides, and "not with the intervention of police forces, which doesn't help the search for a solution to the political crisis," Bonino said.
She added that it was essential that security forces "exercise maximum self-control; likewise, everyone must avoid every incitement to violence." Bonino renewed an appeal for the resumption of a "process of national dialogue."