Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is currently on a diplomatic trip to Egypt, and during a visit to the port city of Alexandria earlier today, she was confronted by angry Egyptian protestors. One security official explained they were chanting “Irbal Clinton” (“Get out, Clinton”) and “Monica, Monica,” a not-so-subtle reference to the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
According to the AFP, protests erupted outside of the U.S. consulate as Clinton traveled there in a motorcade.
Tomatoes, shoes and a water bottle were thrown at part of Clinton’s motorcade as it pulled up, protected by riot police, although a US official said Clinton’s own vehicle was not hit.
The protest appears to have been the result of suspicions that Washington had helped the Muslim Brotherhood win elections in Egypt in the wake of last year’s ouster of president Hosni Mubarak after 18 days of massive street protests.
“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 at the opening of the consulate.
During her visit, Clinton met with newly-elected Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi and pledged that the United States would help support Egypt’s democratic transition.
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