Jul 16 2012
Hillary Clinton’s motorcade pelted with shoes, tomatoes and water bottles by angry crowds shouting “Monica, Monica”
Some of the protesters were chanting “Leave, Clinton.” A tomato struck an Egyptian official in the face, and shoes and a water bottle landed near the armoured cars carrying Clinton’s delegation in the port city of Alexandria.
The Star (H/T Martin) It was not clear who the protesters were or what political affiliations they might have. Protesters outside Clinton’s hotel on Saturday night chanted anti-Islamist slogans, accusing the United States of backing the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power.
“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. Clinton also met the country’s top general, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, on Sunday to discuss Egypt’s turbulent democratic transition as the military wrestles for influence with the new president.
The assault on her motorcade came on a day Clinton spoke at the newly reopened U.S. consulate in Alexandria, addressing accusations that the United States, which had long supported former president Hosni Mubarak, of backing one faction or another in Egypt following his ouster last year.
During her speech, Clinton said: “When we talk about supporting democracy, we mean real democracy.” “To us real democracy means that every citizen has the right to live, work and worship as they choose, whether they are man or woman, Christian or Muslim.” (Hey Hillary, When Muslims talk about ‘democracy,’ they means sharia ‘democracy,’ which include none of those rights. I’m surprised your gal pal Huma never told you that. Oh that’s right she did)
“Real democracy means that no group or faction or leader can impose their will, their ideology, their religion, their desires on anyone else.” (But Morsi never said anything about wanting a real democracy when he speaks in Arabic. Surely, Hillary, you aren’t stupid enough to believe what he says to you in English?)
Ties with the United States, which provides Egypt with an annual $1.3 billion in military aid, were strained this year when Egyptian judicial police raided the offices of several U.S.-backed non-governmental organizations on suspicion of illegal foreign funding and put several Americans on trial.