Anti-Islamist demonstrators in Cairo protest Hillary Clinton’s

visit to the country, claiming that the U.S. favored Egypt’s new

president, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, July 14.



Clinton Undaunted as Convoy Pelted with Tomatoes, Water Bottles and Shoes (Islah News, Jordan)


“One tomato struck an Egyptian official in the face, while shoes and bottles of water were flung at armored vehicles carrying the Clinton convoy. … The political affiliation of the protesters was unclear, as protests have become the ‘norm’ in Egypt since the huge demonstrations last year which led to the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak.”


Translated By Amel Ben Aissa


July 16, 2012


Jordan - Islah News - Original Article (Arabic)

Secretary of State Clinton meets with the man who remains the real power in Egypt, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, in Cairo, July 15.


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Protesters in Alexandria pelted the convoy U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with tomatoes and shoes during her first visit to Egypt since the election of its new president, Mohamed Morsi.


One tomato struck an Egyptian official in the face, while shoes and bottles of water were flung at armored vehicles carrying the Clinton convoy, after Clinton gave a speech on democratic rights.


A senior U.S. official said that none of the projectiles struck Clinton or her car, which was nearby when the incident occurred.


Demonstrators chanted “Monica … Monica” in reference to the affair between former President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky during his time in the White House. An Egyptian security official said protesters were also calling for Clinton to leave their country [see video below].



The political affiliation of the protesters was unclear, as protests have become the “norm” in Egypt since the huge demonstrations last year which led to the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak, who was a long time American.


A state of political uncertainty over who controls the state prevails in Egypt, as the military and Muslim Brotherhood, two huge forces, engage in a power struggle for the future of the country. Egypt still lacks a permanent constitution, parliament or government.


On Saturday evening, the protesters chanted anti-Islamist slogans outside the hotel Clinton was staying, and accusing the United States of supporting the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood to power.


In a speech at the re-opening of a U.S. Consulate in Alexandria, Clinton rejected accusations that the Unites States, which was a long-time supporter of Mubarak, has in any way supported one faction or another in Egypt since the overthrow of former President Mubarak last year.


“I want to be clear that the United States is not in the business in Egypt of choosing winners and losers – even if we could, which of course we cannot,” Clinton said. “We are prepared to work with you as you chart your course, as you establish your democracy. … We want to stand for principles, for values, not for people or for parties, but for what democracy means in our understanding and experience.”


Earlier on Sunday, Clinton also met with the head of the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi to discuss Egypt’s turbulent democratic transition, with the military attempting to maintain its influence after the election of a new president [see video below].



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The meeting came a day after her meeting with President Mohamed Morsi, who saw his powers neutered by the military days before he took office.

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President Morsi avenged the emasculation of his powers by reinstating parliament, which is dominated by Islamists and which was dissolved by the military after a court ruling declared it void. This only served to deepen the crises before the new president even had time to form a government [see video below].



A U.S. official traveling Clinton said in an e-mail briefing that during the hour-long meeting she had with Tantawi, they discussed Egypt’s political transition, “the ongoing discussion between the military and President Morsi,” and the economic problems facing the country.


Tantawi stressed that what Egyptians need most now is help getting their economy back on track,” the official said.


The talks also touched on the situation in Sinai and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.


After his meeting with Clinton, Tantawi said that the military respects the presidency, but will continue to play its role of “protecting” Egypt.


Later, at a transfer of command ceremony for the Egyptian Second Army, Tantawi said, “The Armed Forces and Supreme Council respect all of the legislative and executive authorities. But the military will not allow anyone, particularly outsiders, to discourage us from taking up our role of protecting Egypt and its people.”


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Relationships between Cairo and Washington were strained this year, when police raided the offices of several U.S. backed NGOs on suspicion that they received illegal foreign funding, which resulted in a number of Americans being put on trial. It is worth noting that the United States provides 1.3 billion a year in military aid.


The crisis ended when Egyptian authorities allowed U.S. citizens and other foreign workers to leave the country.


Clinton has said that Washington is willing to support “real democracy” in which “no group or faction or leader can impose their will, their ideology, their religion, their desires on anyone else.”



She is likely to have repeated this message during her earlier meetings on Sunday with women and Christians, two groups who fear their rights will be taken away under a government controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.


She said, "They have legitimate concerns, and I will be honest … I will repeat, no Egyptian, no persons anywhere, should be persecuted for their faith or their lack of faith or their choices about working and not working.


She added: “Democracy is not just about reflecting the will of the majority; it is also about protecting the rights of the minority.”


Clinton said that the United States learned that “the hard way,” as the original American Constitution did not protect the rights of women or Americans slaves.




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