Egyptians rally outside White House to protest Muslim Brotherhood, Obama

August 22, 2013
(Brian Fung / The Washington Post)
(Brian Fung/The Washington Post)

If you've been following the latest developments in Egypt, you know that one of the key themes of that conflict concerns the United States' relationship with ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. Egyptians have grown more hostile toward President Obama in recent weeks, in some cases accusing him of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood financially or of harboring a secret pro-Brotherhood agenda.

Now it seems that sentiment has arrived in the United States. In a demonstration outside the White House grounds this afternoon, several hundred protesters who identified as Egyptian — a crowd full of both Muslims and Christians — chanted for Obama to distance himself from the Muslim Brotherhood, insisted that the July 3 military takeover was not a coup and argued that the Brotherhood is a terrorist organization.

"Egyptians! United! Defeating terrorists!" the crowd shouted.

Demonstrators carried large photos of Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, head of the Egyptian military, which took power in early July when it removed Morsi. One man posed for a photo while kissing Sissi's portrait. Other signs read: "This was not a military coup" and "Egypt against terrorism."

Suzanne Elnaham, a protester from Sterling, Va., said she was there to force the Obama administration to "side with the 33 million Egyptians who have spoken against" the Brotherhood.

"Whether or not they continue to aid Egypt, the revolution will continue," she added.

Another woman said she was in Cairo two weeks ago, where "everyone was for the army."

"I'm Muslim, I'm educated, but I do not support this Brotherhood," she said.

Many protesters were on cellphones, presumably calling Egyptians overseas and in other parts of the country to update them on the rally. Some walked around the edges of the protest, conscientiously picking up litter. A man stopped several security guards to ask whether the protest was causing trouble. One of the guards waved his hands, indicating it was no big deal.

Meanwhile, Obama was having lunch at Magnolia's Deli — in Rochester, N.Y.

Here are more images from the rally:


(Photos by Brian Fung/The Washington Post)

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecom, broadband and digital politics. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.
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