Sunday, March 11, 2012

Egyptians protest against US funding of NGOs

Egyptians protest against US funding of NGOs
Published on Mar 11, 2012 CAIRO (AP) -
Protesters outside the United States Embassy in Cairo supporting the Egyptian military's crackdown on international pro-democracy groups clashed on Friday with demonstrators rallying against the country's military leadership. Dozens of people were injured.
The issue of the pro-democracy groups has been at the centre of one of the most divisive chapters of US-Egyptian relations in recent decades.

Egyptian officials alleged the groups were using foreign funding to foment unrest in Egypt and were pursuing a legal case against dozens of defendants, including 16 Americans. Relations improved somewhat when Egypt allowed the American defendants to leave the country, effectively letting them avoid trial.
But the decision to lift the travel ban incited a backlash among many Egyptians who accused the country's ruling generals of bowing to US pressure and meddling in what is supposed to be an independent judiciary.

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