Egypt military supporters rally at White House
- Demonstrators who support the Egyptian military protest what they say is the U.S. government's support of the Muslim Brotherhood. Photo: The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - About 500 protesters supporting Egypt's military marched outside the White House Thursday.
They denounced the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorists and insisted the ouster of Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi wasn't a coup.
The protesters chanted "down with the Brotherhood" and demanded Obama not interfere with the military's crackdown.
"He's asking us to leave the terrorists in Egypt alone? To kill us, to kill our people? It's not going to happen," said one protester.
“They are terrorists. They have done so many problems in Egypt and burnt so many buildings and killed so many people,” says Suzanne Elnahal.
The protesters said President Morsi was not fairly elected.
“The elections were forged,” said Mona Azer of Vienna. “We know about the machines that were stolen, that were issued ID cards.”
Now they say they need the military to keep order.
“They protect us from Muslim Brotherhood. Muslim Brotherhood kill us, kill all Christian people,” said Madline Mansour of Staten Island.
There are new concerns that the old regime is making a comeback as former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was released from prison and flown to a military hospital. He remains under house arrset.
“He’s not really a good guy, but he’s not at least a terrorist. But Mohammed Morsi is a terrorist. He belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood,” says Layla Sedhom of Staten Island.
Twenty-four-year-old Vivian Michael said Egyptian-American groups and Coptic Christian churches organized the protests. She said if Obama can't support Egypt's transition, he at least should not condemn it.
The Secret Service says the protests were peaceful.
The Obama administration is conflicted over whether to cut off Egyptian aid. The U.S. wants to continue aiding Egypt's military-backed government to maintain ties and regional influence. But it doesn't want to condone the bloody crackdown on Morsi's supporters.