Egypt military supporters rally at White House

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Associated Press

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 22 at 1:07 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 500 protesters supporting Egypt's military are marching outside the White House.

They're denouncing the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorists and insisting the ouster of Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi wasn't a coup.

The protesters are chanting "down with the Brotherhood" and demanding Obama not interfere with the military's crackdown.

Twenty-four-year-old Vivian Michael says Egyptian-American groups and Coptic Christian churches organized the protests. She says if Obama can't support Egypt's transition, he at least should not condemn it.

The Secret Service says the protests are peaceful ,and there have been no arrests.

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.

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