Protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clintonís motorcade on Sunday during her first visit to Egypt since the election of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.
A tomato struck an Egyptian official in the face, and shoes and a water bottle landed near the armoured cars carrying Clintonís delegation in the port city of Alexandria after she gave a speech on democratic rights.
A senior U.S. official said neither Clinton nor her vehicle, which was around the corner from the incident, were hit by the projectiles, which were thrown as U.S. officials and reporters walked to the motorcade after her speech.
Protesters chanted ďMonica, Monica,Ē a reference to the extra-marital affair conducted by Clintonís husband, former President Bill Clinton, while in the White House. Others earlier chanted ďleave, ClintonĒ an Egyptian security official said.
An Egyptian protester shouts slogans as he holds a shoe on a portrait of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outside the US embassy in Cairo on July 14, 2012 to protest against her visit to the country. (AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED HOSSAM)
It was not clear who the protesters were or what were their political affiliations. Demonstrations have become common in Egypt since former President Hosni Mubarak, long-time U.S. ally, was brought down by mass street protests last year.
Egypt is gripped by political uncertainty as two major forces, the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, engage in a power struggle over the future of a country that remains without a permanent constitution, parliament or government.
On Saturday night, protesters outside Clintonís luxury hotel in Cairo chanted anti-Islamist slogans, accusing the United States of backing the Muslim Brotherhoodís rise to power.
In her speech at the newly re-opened U.S. consulate in Alexandria, Clinton rejected suggestions that the United States, which had long supported former Mubarak, was backing one faction or another in Egypt following his ouster last year.
ďI 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,Ē Clinton said.
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