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Egypt's Tamarod movement joins campaign to boycott US aid

Aug. 17, 2013 10:36 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 18, 2013 10:45 A.M.)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Egypt's Tamorod movement said Saturday it had joined a grassroots movement urging Egyptian authorities to boycott US aid.

The group announced that it had officially joined the "No to US aid" campaign in a statement on its website, noting that 300,000 Egyptians had already signed a petition supporting a boycott.

The campaign is a response to unacceptable US intervention in Egyptian affairs which "violates all principles and standards of diplomatic relations between countries," the statement said.

Tamarod -- Arabic for rebellion -- is a protest group that organized opposition to the rule of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who was deposed on July 3.

US President Barack Obama said on Thursday that Washington was cancelling a joint US-Egyptian military exercise after hundreds of Egyptians were killed in a crackdown on Morsi supporters.

"While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back," Obama said.

But despite scrapping the Bright Star exercise, which has been scheduled every two years since 1981, he stopped short of suspending Washington's annual $1.3 billion in aid.
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