Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi issued a rare apology Sunday over a police officer beating a lawyer with a shoe last week, an attack that sparked a general one-day strike by the country's lawyers.
The Lawyer's Syndicate issued the call for the Saturday strike to protest a deputy police chief who attacked a lawyer in the country's Nile Delta.
In statement Sunday, el-Sisi called on people to respect the rights and freedoms of Egyptians, in an apparent appeal to the police.
"I apologize to the Egyptian lawyers and to all Egyptian citizens who have been the subject of any abuse," he said.
But in Egypt, police and powerful security agencies act with near impunity against opponents or those trying to engage in unwelcome political activity.
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