Egyptian protesters (on both sides) angry at U.S.

Pro-Morsi supporters are taking to the streets of Cairo.
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(CBS News) CAIRO - Supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi are still on the streets of Cairo.

But their protest is being ignored by Egypt's new unelected government appointed by the military.

And many of them blame America for seeming to condone the army's actions.

"America now helps army, not [the] Egyptian people," said protester Alaa Reqaby.

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Protesters like Alaa Reqaby told us the U.S. talks about safeguarding democracy, but did nothing to protect Egypt's democratically-elected president.

"Mr. Morsi will be back, he will be back. Yes, we can. I want to say to Obama; Yes, we can," said Alaa Reqaby.

Pro-Morsi supporters say the U.S. has not helped them enough.
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You might think Egyptians who helped bring down Morsi by protesting in Tahrir Square would feel differently about America.

But they have their own complaints with the U.S.

Ahmed Saeed is a liberal politician who says the U.S. has let Egyptians down.
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As demonstrators' posters made clear, they believe America was too close to Morsi and his conservative Islamic party.

Ahmed Saeed is a liberal politician who told us America has let Egyptians down.

"After the U.S. witnessed the dictatorial system by which Morsi was ruling, they should have had a stronger impact on them," said Saeed.

"They [the U.S.] should have intervened more aggressively and firmly in order to make him feel that he's not going to get American support going out this way," added Saeed.

The U.S. is currently in a difficult situation as it has come to rely on Egypt for stability in the region and tries to work with whichever party is in power.


  • Holly Williams

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