The White House has had no comment since what’s being called the largest protest in human history demanded the end of Mohamed Morsi’s regime.
Estimates for the Sunday “Tamarod” protests across Egypt reach as high as 17 million. Sixteen were killed and 781 were injured, according to the country’s health ministry, in clashes; the Muslim Brotherhood unleashed its armed squad of supporters into the opposition crowd to sexually assault people, multiple reports said.
Many protesters held signs decrying President Obama and U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson as supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood government.
Protesters stormed the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters and set parts of it on fire. By this morning, four cabinet ministers are reported to have stepped down “in solidarity with the people’s demand to overthrow the regime,” according to the BBC.
The Tamarod — “rebellion” — opposition movement rejected Morsi’s offer for talks in exchange for halting the protests. “There is no alternative other than the peaceful end of power of the Muslim Brotherhood and its representative, Mohammed Morsi,” the group said in a statement.
However, as of this morning, crickets from the Obama administration.
Obama was scheduled to give remarks on his Africa trip upon landing in Tanzania this morning.
“Believe it or not, even in the middle of this, I’m keeping in very close tabs with what’s happening in Egypt as well as Syria,” Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Sunday morning in Tel Aviv.
“I think that we’re monitoring very, very closely events in Egypt. I know that there are about 10,000 folks or so in Tahrir Square at this moment and growing. The heat is about 40 degrees Centigrade, so it’s keeping people somewhat away, but I think as the afternoon goes on, the crowds will grow and the evening is obviously what we’re watching very, very closely. So we’re very much alert to and concerned about and in touch on the subject of Egypt,” he added.