Clinton's motorcade in Egypt pelted with tomatoes, shoes

Last Updated: Mon, Jul 16, 2012 06:05 hrs

Cairo: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was targeted by protesters who threw tomatoes and shoes at her motorcade during her visit to Egypt, according to a report.

Clinton was on her first trip to Egypt since the election of the country's new Islamist President, Mohammed Morsi.

According to the Daily Mail, protestors also mockingly chanted 'Monica, Monica' in reference to her husband Bill Clinton's extra-marital affair. During the protests in Alexandria, a tomato struck an Egyptian official in the face, and shoes and a water bottle landed near the armoured cars carrying Clinton's aides.

The paper quoted a senior State Department official, as saying that neither Clinton nor her vehicle, were struck by any of the projectiles.

The assault came as Clinton spoke at the newly re-opened U.S. consulate in Alexandria, addressing accusations that the U.S., which had long supported former president Hosni Mubarak, was meddling in Egyptian politics.

"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," Clinton said. 

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