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US Secretary of State Recognizes International Day of Democracy

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FILE - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks during a press conference in Cairo, Sept. 13, 2014.

FILE - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks during a press conference in Cairo, Sept. 13, 2014.

Monday was International Day of Democracy and the theme this year was "Engaging Young People in Democracy."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that "powerfully underscores the importance of youth in building and preserving democracy."

He added that "Democratic societies are strong societies, because people are free to speak out against injustices and to discuss, debate and work together to drive positive change."

Kerry called these ideas the inspiration from the Egyptians who took to Tahrir Square, to democracy activists in Burma, to the brave Ukrainians who took to the ballot box earlier this year.

He concluded by saying, “As the United States works to strengthen our democracy at home, we will continue to support those around the world fighting for their voices to be heard.”

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