Egyptians Greet Clinton by Crying 'Monica, Monica'

US not picking sides in Egypt, she says

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 16, 2012 1:14 AM CDT | Updated Jul 16, 2012 7:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton's motorcade was pelted with shoes and tomatoes yesterday and protesters shouted "Monica, Monica," on the second day of her visit to Egypt, reports CNN. Clinton, who spoke at a flag-raising ceremony at the newly reopened US consulate in Alexandria, addressed accusations that the US was picking sides in post-Mubarak Egypt. "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," said Clinton, who met new president Mohamed Morsi on Saturday.

It's not clear what political affiliations the protesters who attacked Clinton's motorcade had, although protesters who gathered outside her hotel Saturday night chanted anti-Islamist slogans and accused the US of helping the Muslim Brotherhood gain power, notes Reuters. Clinton has now flown to Jerusalem for her fourth visit to Israel as secretary of state, and the transition in Egypt is expected to be at the top of the agenda.

Egyptian riot police head towards protesters as Hillary Clinton attends a flag-raising ceremony at the US Consulate General in Alexandria yesterday.
Egyptian riot police head towards protesters as Hillary Clinton attends a flag-raising ceremony at the US Consulate General in Alexandria yesterday.   (Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton before her departure to Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria yesterday.
Hillary Clinton before her departure to Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria yesterday.   (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
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